Code-hopping Wallaby keen to play sevens at Tokyo 2020

Sports | 8 Mar 2019

Wallabies full-back Israel Folau is keen to play sevens at next year's Tokyo Olympics, saying participating in the Games would be "something special".

Folau started out in rugby league then switched to Australian rules football before a successful transition to rugby union.

The 29-year-old said that the chance to become an Olympian would only come around once in a lifetime.

"If I could take that opportunity, I'm sure it'd be something to cherish and remember for the rest of your life," he told Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper. "I'd definitely want to put my hand up to see if that opportunity arose."

Folau last month signed a four-year deal that keeps him with the Wallabies and New South Wales Waratahs until the 2022.

To prepare properly for the Olympics, Folau would need to take part in the 10-round Sevens World Series, which would mean he would miss most of next year's Wallabies Tests and the entire 2020 Super Rugby season with the Waratahs.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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