Super Rugby

Folau’s deal to join Hurricanes in doubt




Wallabies and Waratahs back Israel Folau’s move to Japanese club NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes is in doubt after they were relegated from the Top League.

Folau signed a one year contract in 2015 with a an option for another year with the Osaka-based side but ended up not playing for them due to an ankle injury.

The Waratahs back will now have to consider whether he wants to take up the contract and play in Japan’s second tier of rugby.

“It wasn’t concrete whether I was going or not regardless of whether they were in the top division or not,” he told The Australian.

“It’s still up in the air. Still need time to think about it. Nothing is sure at the moment.”

When Folau signed the deal in July last year it was thought that he would earn around $700,000 a season in Japan who’s league runs from August to February.

“At the moment I’m not even thinking about it. My focus at the moment is on Super Rugby and what’s coming ahead,” added Folau.

“Obviously, it would’ve been nice to be playing in the Top League, that’s for sure, but for me it’s something I can’t control.”

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