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Folau linked with Warriors switch

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/01/2017
Israel Folau © Getty Israel Folau

Wallabies star Israel Folau has been linked with a surprise switch back to rugby league with the Warriors.

The 27-year-old Folau, a former Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos player, is reportedly a prime target for the Auckland-based NRL club for 2018.

He has played rugby for the Waratahs and Wallabies since 2013 after a brief stint at Aussie Rules club Greater Western Sydney.

Australian magazine Rugby League Week reported on Monday that Folau is open to an NRL return, and the Warriors are keen to spend big to get him.

His relationship with veteran Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei, a close friend, is also thought to be key to any acquisition.

Folau would be a valuable addition to the Warriors' outside back stocks, particularly alongside young gun Solomone Kata in the centres.

A move to Auckland would also make sense given his engagement to Silver Ferns star Maria Tutaia, who plays for the Northern Mystics.

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