Folau: "I'll still keep attacking the ball the way I do"

Folau recently served his one-game ban
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Israel Folau has revealed he will not change his style of competing for the ball in the air despite his one game ban.

The Australian full-back was yellow carded in the last match of their series against Ireland and was later suspended for a challenge in the air on Peter O’Mahony.

Folau has expressed that he would like the rules on tacking in the air to be clearer but insists he will not change the way he challenges for possession.

He said: "I'll still keep attacking the ball the way I do. I think going forward I'd like to see a little bit more clarity within that particular area of the game, not only for myself but other players involved in those aerial contests."

New Zealand fly-half Beauden Barrett has echoed Folau’s viewpoint regarding clarity on the rules of engagement.

Barrett missed the All Blacks’ final Test against France after suffering concussion when he came into contact with Benjamin Fall in their second Test victory.

Barrett said: "I just think we need a bit of clarity around the ruling so referees can be 100 per cent clear on if it's intentional, if it's unintentional, if it's a penalty, if it's a yellow card and so on.”

Folau, who was unavailable for Warathas’ 31-26 win over the Melbourne Rebels on Friday due to his ban, is aware of the care which players should take to ensure their opposition land safely when competing in the air, but he says contact is pretty much unavoidable.

He added: "When you go into a contest in the air, you are going to make contact with the opposing player," he said.

"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."

 

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