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Folau needs his mind on his game

By Wayne Heming 06/05/2010 06:20:21 PM Comments (0)

Procrastinating centre Israel Folau must ensure his mind is locked on his opponent and not his future when he faces ex-Storm teammate Greg Inglis at AAMI Park on Sunday.

Folau has already lost his place in the Australian side and a sub-standard game against Inglis, who's finding form in a hurry, could cost him a spot in Queensland's Origin side.

State selectors and coach Mal Meninga are at odds over whether to pick him if he is, as expected, leaving rugby league to play rugby union or AFL.

No doubt the Melbourne Rebels, who reportedly have $600,000-a-season for him if he signs with their Super 15 expansion club, will be keen to get a close look at the giant youngster in action.

If he is distracted, or is off his game because of outside influences, Inglis could do a real job on him on Sunday with the Storm christening their new home ground.

"Inglis is a very dangerous player and he ran into a bit of form last week," said Brisbane coach Ivan Henjak.

"He'll probably run into a bit more form in (Friday night's) Test match and be ready for Sunday."

Henjak said Folau should be getting used to the speculation and pressure surrounding his future after failing to take up a two-year option to stay with the Broncos for 2011-12.

"This is his third week, he should be used to it by now, shouldn't he?," said Henjak.

"I'm not concerned, I can't control that."

Folau's trip to Melbourne presents a chance for the Rebels to continue their bid for his signature with reports the AFL are also after him with an open cheque book.

Henjak said he'd be disappointed if any meeting took place with Folau before such a big game.

"I'd be disappointed if Israel fell into that," he said.

Folau has an insight into Melbourne's style, having been part of coach Craig Bellamy's Fab Five when he played with Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk, Greg Inglis and Billy Slater in the 2007 grand final win.

He needs a big game against Inglis to put pressure on Queensland selectors to pick him for the opening game of the Origin series later this month after coach Mal Meninga indicated he could look elsewhere if Folau switched codes.

Folau is hoping his stalling tactics over his future will allow him to keep his place in the Queensland side shooting for a fifth straight series win.

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