Israel Folau has extended his Wallabies and Waratahs contract with a deal that will keep him in rugby until 2022.
Having switched to union from rugby league in 2013, Folau already has the fourth-most tries in Wallabies Test history with a strike rate of just over one touchdown in every two games he has played in the gold jersey.
Folau, who has won a record three John Eales Medals as the Wallabies Players’ Player, has signed a four-year deal.
The 29-year old dotted down to become the all-time leading Australian tryscorer in The Rugby Championship in 2018 and already owns the record for the most tries in a calendar year when he scored 12 in 2017, despite not playing on the end of season Spring Tour.
“I’m really grateful to Rugby Australia and the Waratahs for all they have done for me. When I made the switch to Rugby five years ago, I could never have dreamed that it would have gone this well,” Folau said.
“The World Cup is a big target of mine this year and I believe this Wallabies group can go a long way if we keep on improving. Im looking forward to working hard and doing whatever I can to help the team achieve what we want to achieve both this year and into the future.”
“I’ve also been very fortunate to win a title with the Waratahs in 2014 and looking at the squad right now with some of the young players we’ve got coming through, the future is very bright and I want to be a part of that.”
Wallabies Head Coach Michael Cheika said: “Israel’s contribution to the Wallabies since making the switch shows why he’s one of the best players in the world.
“It is great to see him make a long-term commitment to the Wallabies and Waratahs and I know that he’s still very keen to become an even better player in that time, as well as achieve success with the Wallabies.
“I’m sure he is ready to kick off his new adventure in Rugby with a huge year in 2019 – he trained hard at the National Camp in early January and you can see he is ready for a big one,” Cheika said.
Folau was the youngest player to ever represent Australia in Rugby League when he pulled on the Kangaroos jersey in 2007 after starring for the Melbourne Storm in his debut season.
In 2011, Folau joined the Greater Western Sydney Giants in the AFL and played for two seasons before switching to Rugby and joining the Waratahs for the 2013 season.