Waratahs sign AFL star
Rugby league international Israel Folau has completed a high-profile code switch to play rugby union for the Waratahs next season.
The 23-year-old played 90 games for the Melbourne Storm (including two Grand Finals) and Brisbane Broncos from 2007-10 before announcing his switch to join the AFL in June 2010.
After two years, Folau left the Greater Western Sydney Giants at the start of last month and joins the Waratahs on a one-year contract.
"I'm really excited by this opportunity and looking forward to having a crack at union," he said, adding that a talk with Waratahs coach Michael Cheika persuaded him his future lies in union.
"We talked about what he wants to do with the team, the style of rugby he wants to play and the quality of the squad that he has, with all the Wallabies guys. That's what got me interested."