Adding to an already long list of accolades and records, Israel Folau continued the trend in 2016, becoming the highest Super Ruby try scorer for the NSW Waratahs in the Club’s history after surpassing previous record holder, Lote Tuqiri when he crossed for his 30th try in round eight this year.
He reached the record with 11 tries in the 15 matches he played for the Tahs, again starring in each game of the season. He has been a mainstay for the NSW Waratahs due to his impressive form ever since his debut for the Club and within the code back in 2013. It’s no surprise that in just his fourth year he reached his 50th Super Rugby cap for NSW.
Halfway through the 2016 season Folau was switched from his usual position of fullback to the centres in Daryl Gibson’s first year as Head Coach. It was a gamble that paid off as the talented back once again transitioned seamlessly to the new position, combining nicely with the new look backrow that included Reece Robinson and Andrew Kellaway, to once again set off the Tahs’ renowned attacking flair.
As the highest voted back within the Matthew Burke Cup Players’ Player voting, the award for NSW Waratahs’ Best Back in 2016 was once again presented to Folau for the second year in a row.
Off the field Folau has an interest in youth work, completing his Certificate IV this year. In 2015 he also co-authored a series of children’s books about a schoolboy rugby team who tackle challenges to strive for glory.
Last updated: 14/12/2016