Israel Folau Early Life
Israel Folau is a famous people who is best known as a Rugby Player. Israel was born on April 3, 1989 in Minto, Australia. Israel Folau is a member of famous Rugby Player list. Israel Folau’s made one of the most incredible transitions to rugby and still there’s no stopping the superstar that is Israel Folau. Following his impressive second year with the Waratahs, which ended triumphantly with the Super Rugby trophy, the skilled back continued to contribute to his beloved Waratahs in 2015.
He topped the Super Rugby stats for most carries (231), most run metres (1677) and offloads, came second in the amount of defenders beaten and was on the leaderboard for the most clean breaks. For his efforts, Folau was named as the Waratahs’ Best Back and came second in the polling for the Matthew Burke Cup Players’ Player Award, behind Michael Hooper. Following another brilliant year in the Wallabies jersey, Folau was called upon for his first Rugby World Cup.
Just prior to the tournament, he became the first player to win consecutive John Eales Medal in just his third year in rugby, joining George Smith and Nathan Sharpe as one of only three players to win the award twice. Folau made his international debut in 2013, after just 14 games in Super Rugby, against the British & Irish Lions at Suncorp Stadium, scoring the opening try.
Israel Folau Biography and Profile
The Tongan born rubgy star is a triple-threat that has triumphed in Rugby League, kicked goals in the AFL and is now scoring tries for the Wallabies in Rugby Union. His parents moved to Australia before he was born and he is one of six children. Folau says his family say he’s the most talented one but he reckons his siblings have their own strengths.
“My two younger brothers play football as well and they are obviously pretty talented and my two older brothers like to sing and I obviously can’t do that,” he said.
He has a strong family history of Rugby League but says his choice to play was influenced by his friends who loved the game. But he is quick to say that he has always been a fan of Rubgy Union and counts Jonah Lomu among his idols.
“The way he played was exceptional so I looked up to a guy like him,” he said.
“Once you knew he was Tongan you would get excited about it and obviously as a kid looking up to him you want to play like him.”
Folau is well aware that children look up to him the way he did to Lomu and feels a responsibility to set a good example.
“You want to try to play the game in a really good positive way, not just on the field but off the field as well in being a positive person and getting good vibes out to the community,” he said.
Folau’s Rubgy League Career
Folau started his career playing Rubgy League for the Melbourne Storm in Australia in the National Rugby League from 2007 to 2008 where he broke the record for most tries in a debut year. For the 2011 season he made the switch to AFL signing with the Greater Western Sydney Football Club. He cites his reasons for switching as twofold – money and family.
“In a Polynesian family it’s not always about yourself, you’ve got to look after your parents and your younger siblings.
“And that was a decision I made it one.
“A lot of it has to do with the financial side of things, with the money, the offer that I got from the AFL was a huge one and I saw that being a positive,” he said.
In the same way Folau makes sure he sets a good example for his young fans, he is dedicated to taking care of his family. And while it may seem an easy decision to accept a huge financial offer from a well known AFL club Folau says there were times it was tough.
“When times got hard I kept it in because I love my family and I wanted to help them out.
“Times were very challenging and a lot of people have their opinions and say what they think about that decision.
“And you can’t hide from it,” he said.
Folau was often confronted by people who didn’t agree with his choices and says that he had to “take it on the chin” and move forward. But along with those people are the Island mums who single him out when they meet him to tell him he is a good boy. Family is not the only thing that keeps this young Tongan-Australian grounded. He says that religion is “the cornerstone of the way I go about life” and its what helps him keep things in perspective.
Folau Professional Athlete
In December 2012, Folau announced he was to become a professional athlete in his third sport signing a one-year contract with the NSW Warratahs moving codes to return to rugby but this time, Rugby Union.
Folau, who stands six-foot-five-inches and weighs nearly 100 kg, has easily slipped into playing Rugby Union, in spite of his initial concerns that he might not enjoy it. In his first pre-season trial match he scored two tries and set up another. He has taken to the code so well that he made his Australian Test debut against The British and Irish Lions on 22 June. He scored the first try of the game after a storming run from scrum-half Will Genia. He scored his second try of the game after he beat three defenders.
Israel Folau Quick Facts
- Israel Folau is one of the most exciting talents in the modern game having made a high-profile switch to union following stints in rugby league and Australian Rules football.
- Folau joined the Waratahs in December 2012 having made his name in the 13-man code.
- He made his National Rugby League bow for the Melbourne Storm as a 17-year-old in 2007 and broke the record for the most tries by a rookie in their debut season. His outstanding form was rewarded with the Rookie of the Year honour and later that year he became the youngest player to represent Australia aged 18 years and 194 days.
- He also played in the Stade of Origin, representing Queensland, and also turned out for Australia in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup before switching to the Brisbane Broncos.
- Despite excelling in during a two-year stint with the Broncos, he opted to sign for Australian Football League side the Greater Western Sydney Giants in 2010 and after initially struggling to impress, he eventually made his debut in 2012.
- Folau embraced a third football code at the end of that year by putting pen to paper on a one-year deal with the Waratahs. He wasted no time in impressing the national selectors during the 2013 Super Rugby season and was drafted into the Wallabies’ squad for the visit of the British & Irish Lions.
- He made a sensational Test debut in the first Test clash with the Lions in Brisbane – grabbing two tries in a narrow defeat. Later that year, with rugby league clubs reportedly circling in a bid to lure him back to the 13-man code, Folau agreed a new deal with the Waratahs and the Australian Rugby Union that will see him remain in union until the end of 2015.
Israel Folau says he likes the style of play at the Warratahs and with the Wallabies, “we’ve been playing with the ball and attacking a lot more.
“It suited me in the way I wanted to play and hopefully we can continue to play that attacking play,” he said.
Israel Folau Advice for His Younger Fans
Well, he encourages them to have dreams and goals, “I wrote down on a piece of paper, which I still have, that I wanted to play first grade when I was 17.
“You make it specific to yourself and getting to that goal,” he said.
Folau says people laughed at him for doing that, even his brothers. But he thinks success comes down to your desires, “all I ever wanted to do was to play professional sport and it’s turned out to be a great career so far.”
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