Izzy Has Become The Saviour

Israel Folau and the Wallabies. Image courtesy of: Getty Images
Israel Folau has become the Wallabies very own superman. Image courtesy of: Getty Images

It has been 11 long years since the Wallabies have held the Bledisloe Cup. So much has happened since then. People started using smartphones, Facebook and Youtube took over everyone’s lives and Australia made it to the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 32 years.

The Wallabies are playing better footy than they have in recent years and a lot of it has to do with code-hopper Israel Folau. Since joining the ARU in 2013, he has continued to stamp his mark on the 15-man code, helping the Wallabies pummel France in June and steering the Waratahs to a maiden Super Rugby Championship a fortnight ago. He will be their go-to man on Saturday night, having scored 13 tries in 18 matches for the Green and Gold. Coach Ewen McKenzie has opted not to change too much to the side that beat France over two months ago, with the only big change being Kurtley Beale starting at fly-half and Bernard Foley being dropped to the bench.

For coach Steve Hanson, he should be quite confident heading into Saturday’s clash. Not only are the All Blacks the pinnacle of International Rugby at the moment, they have been for the better part of a decade. They are the reigning World Champions and have won their last 17 Test matches in a row. Hanson has surprised the rugby world by opting not to pick first-choice fullback Israel Dagg, but instead sticking with the same back three that played the last two Tests against England in June. Ben Smith will again don the number 15, leaving no room for Dagg in the squad of 23.

The Wallabies are going to give it everything they have on Saturday, but will it be enough?

TattsBet is backing Izzy Folau will have a massive impact on the game on Saturday night and are offering $4 for Izzy to score a try at any time in the match.


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