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One of the most devastating attacking fullbacks in world rugby wants to move to centre

Israel Folau is looking for a change of scenery,.

Folau has been a joy to watch since switching to union.
Folau has been a joy to watch since switching to union.
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AUSTRALIAN RUGBY HAS been in disarray for most of the last three years but one bright spark throughout has been the magical play of league convert Israel Folau in the back three. A lot was expected of the three-sport star when he crossed over to union in 2013 and he has matched even the most lofty of expectations since.

Some of his sidesteps on the Lions tour bamboozled some solid defenders, including Irish out-half Johnny Sexton.

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Folau has wreaked his on-field havoc from the back three thus far for club and country but reports in Australia say that he wants to move to centre.

And since teams have begun to kick away from him, Michael Cheika, who coaches Folau with the Waratahs and Australia, is seriously considering the move.

The prospect of Folau at 12 or 13 is very interesting and you would think his skills are probably more suited to the outside channel. Cheika didn’t put a timetable on the proposed switch but would it be possible to test it out when Sonny Bill Williams and the Chiefs play the ‘Tahs in a friendly in two weeks time?

Seeing the two most talented converts go head-to-head with each other would unbelievable for the neutral.

Please Cheiks, think of the neutral!

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