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Folau won't alter aerial approach despite ban for challenge on O'Mahony

“I’ll have the same mindset in attacking the ball in the air and obviously making good decisions around that.”

Israel Folau was punished following the incident in June.
Israel Folau was punished following the incident in June.
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ISRAEL FOLAU HAS no plans to change his approach to aerial challenges when Australia begin their Rugby Championship campaign against New Zealand on Saturday.

The Wallabies full-back was handed a one-match ban for making contact with Peter O’Mahony in June’s Test series against Ireland.

Folau sought more clarity for the reasoning behind that decision by World Rugby but sees no reason to alter his style when the All Blacks visit Sydney for the Bledisloe Cup opener.

“I won’t modify anything,” he said. “After the incident in June, going back to Super Rugby, I approached the game the same way as any other game. For me, it doesn’t change anything.

“Going into the weekend, I’ll have the same mindset in attacking the ball in the air and obviously making good decisions around that. I believe my technique is fair play. I’ll attack the ball at every opportunity I get to try and win possession for the team.

“It was a little bit grey obviously. I said it earlier in June that we needed a lot more clarification going forward around that area. Not only for myself but for guys that are involved in those contests.

“It’s never bothered me in that time. I went back to Super Rugby and approached the high balls in the same way as I usually do.”

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