Israel Folau will remain with the New South Wales Waratahs and Australia rugby until 2022 after agreeing a new contract.
The full back who is still only 29 years of age created controversy and headlines after his comments on homosexuality earlier this year despite starring on the pitch. Folau has played rugby league and AFL at professional level also which many suggested he would return to following the back lash he received on social media platforms regarding his comments. Folau has scored 34 tries in 69 appearances for the Wallabies to date, in the three tests with Ireland however he failed to score in June.
Adam Ashley Cooper is also said to be making a return to club after the club have been said to have held advanced talks with him ahead of next season. Andrew Hore who is chief executive at the Waratahs said the new deal to keep Folau at the club was completed at the Super Rugby clubs end and it is only awaiting fine details of the Wallabies element of agreement. Speaking Hore said “It’s Rugby Australia’s announcement to make, and we would leave them to make that at a time that they deem is appropriate,”. The coach of the Waratahs Daryl Gibson said that 116 time capped Adam Ashley Cooper might play alongside Folau in the new season. He said We’re looking for our wing and potentially, discussions with Adam are progressing nicely to the point where we’re looking at a decision there,” He went on further to say that Cooper is looking to push on and get into the World Cup squad in what will be Ashley Cooper’s fourth, he said “He’s made it pretty clear with his desire to push for the World Cup and we want to give him the chance to do that.” Cooper represented Australia in three World Cups 2007. 2011 and 2015 and will be hoping that a switch back home instead of playing in Bordeaux in France will boost his opportunities of heading to another in Japan in 2019.