INTERNATIONAL

Folau vows not to change despite ban

Australian International Israel Folau maintains he won’t be changing his approach to the aerial contest, despite receiving a one-week suspension.
The fullback was suspended for contacting Ireland captain Peter O’Mahony in the air during the third June Test. His move termed as  ‘claw-like motion’ by the World Rugby saw O’Mahony fall awkwardly.
The Waratahs man was yellow carded on the ocassions.
Folau says the suspension will not affect his aerial contests in the future. He hopes  that in the upcoming matches match officials will be clear especially on aerial duels
“For me, personally, it won’t change the way I approach the ball in the air. I think for myself, I feel it’s a strength of mine so there’s nothing to change around the technique and all that. I’ll still keep attacking the ball the way I do.” he told Australian official portal.
“I’d like to see a little bit more clarity within that particular area of the game, not only for myself, but other players are involved in those aerial contests and I think it’s vital and very important.”
“Although I agree with what Daryl is saying, there has to be a responsibility for the player that’s lifting him to bring him down safely and everyone understands when you go into a contest in the air, you are going to make contact with the opposing player. It’s not going to be always clean in the sense that there won’t be any contact, but I understand the dangers of being in the air, the last thing you want for yourself or for the opposing player is for anyone to get any serious injury. It’s a thing for World Rugby in terms of the clarification in that particular area of the game where they’ve got to clear it up and hopefully they can do that sooner rather than later.”.

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