Changing lanes: Israel Folau (C) joins the Waratahs on a one-year deal and hopes to play for the Wallabies one day

Israel Folau
Height: 195cm/ 6ft5
Weight: 99kgs/ 15st 6
DOB: 3/4/89 (23)

THE WARATAHS announced the signing of league international Israel Folau on a one-year deal for the 2013 Super Rugby season.

A talented rugby league player, Israel played 52 games, including two Grand Finals, for the Melbourne Storm, plus a further 38 with Brisbane Broncos from 2007-10 before making the switch to AFL in June 2010.

Folau spent two years with Greater Western Sydney Giants, before he cut short his multi-million dollar, four-year deal after he struggled to adapt to the game.

Tahs Head Coach Michael Cheika is confident that Israel has the necessary skills to play anywhere in the back three. “Israel has a brilliant capability to beat a man one-on-one and great aerial skills that are very important these days.”