The Broncos are still sweating on a decision from Israel Folau on whether he’ll stay with the club beyond the current season.
There is every possibility he could become the latest NRL player to chase bigger money in rugby union.
Ryan Clark reports.
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Israel Folau is still yet to make a decision on an $800,000 a year contract with the Melbourne Rebels.
With the deadline expiring tomorrow, Folau is leaving it until the last possible moment to make up his mind.
The indecision has caused some to question his mindset going into tomorrow nights clash with Newcastle.
Ivan Henjak, Broncos Coach: “I’d be naive to think that’s not playing on his mind, but he hasn’t shown it at training. Around the club he’s still being his bubbly self but I’m sure that’ll be taking away a little bit of focus of the game.”
Queensland State of Origin coach Mal Meninga says if Folau chooses to go, he can say goodbye to his origin hopes.
Mal Meninga, Qld State of Origin Coach: “You know I’m a loyalist, I like people to have a passion and love the game of rugby league. If anyone goes elsewhere we’re probably in a position now where we’ll pick someone else.”
Meanwhile the Queensland Reds will travel to Canberra in an attempt to break one of Super rugby’s longest droughts.
The Reds have never won a game in Canberra since the competition began in 1998, notching only a single win ever against the Brumbies.
Coach Ewen Mckenzie is confident of breaking the hoodoo.
Ewen Mckenzie, Reds Coach: “These sort of records eventually get broken, so I can’t see any reason that can’t happen this weekend. We’re going down there to win for sure.”
But he refuses to get carried away with the Reds’ current form.
Ewen Mckenzie, Reds Coach: “We’re fighting above our weight. They’ve taken a bit of damage, so have we, but we’ll just get on with business.”
Star import Daniel Braid has confirmed his future, returning home to the Auckland Blues at the end of the season. He hopes the move will add to his chances of increasing his four All Black caps.
Braid joined the Reds in 2009 as Australia’s first marquee player signing.
Ryan Clark, QUT News