Israel Folau quits AFL for rugby league return

Staff writers, Yahoo!7 Updated November 1, 2012, 4:10 pm

Star AFL convert Israel Folau is leaving GWS to return to rugby league next season.

Folau shocked league pundits when he switched codes and signed with the AFL's newest franchise Greater Western Sydney in 2010.

Giants CEO Dave Matthews and head coach Kevin Sheedy join Folau at a press conference at four o’clock this afternoon.

They announced their disappointment but praised Folau for his honesty.

The 23-year-old codehopper said it was a difficult decision to make.

In July, Folau vehemently denied he would be leaving GWS when his contract ended in September this year. In his 13-game career in the AFL, Folau kicked 2 goals, 8 behinds, 22 marks and 18 tackles for the Giants.

According to Fairfax Folau will be joining the Parramatta Eels in the NRL.

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  1. Jeffrey04:22pm Thursday 01st November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    look at Mike Pyke as a comparison- took 3 yrs to make it and played a beauty in the GF...i think Izzy is giving up too soon Also look at Karmichael- looked poor, not up with the pace 1st yr, blossomed to be the genuine article 2nd yr b4 injury..

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  2. Wicked Wiz of the West02:53pm Thursday 01st November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Well At least he had the balls to give it a go. Good luck in whatever you do in the future Israel. Well done :-)

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  3. underarm_bowler04:11pm Friday 02nd November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Rooster can't be gay as he's all rooster and no kock

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  4. underarm_bowler08:40pm Thursday 01st November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    neil is right. instead of getting kicked in the ankles he can get a finger shoved up his kyber pass

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  5. Paul03:27pm Thursday 01st November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    These type of returning converts should be made to sit out 12 months, between codes before even contemplating a switch.

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  6. Tim Sainter03:14pm Thursday 01st November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Looking @ folau's stats....Really is not justifiable for the amount of money he received....Now he can go back to the nrl and tell all of his mates how hard our game of football really is!....hey folau and yes, at least he had a go @ playing the game.

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  7. Neil JL06:23pm Thursday 01st November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Hes had anough of the ankle kicking game back to where he wont get kicked from behind in the running packs GO Souths

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  8. Pungeye Bob09:30am Friday 02nd November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Rooster you little gay Allah Kebab shirt lifter. Israel has now swapped sides so I assume the bombing will now stop in Jordan. Hope this is of some comfort to you as your repetitive bleating was reminiscent of an halal lamb sacrifice.

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  9. David02:53pm Thursday 01st November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    This does not surprise me at all let him go back to thugby league where he belongs if thats what he really wants.

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  10. Leisa02:44pm Friday 02nd November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Well done Israel. Must be the easiest money you ever made. afl is a joke played and watched by no brain neanderthals .Without a doubt the stupidest game ever seen.

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