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OPINION: Why Rugby Australia should be thanking Israel Folau

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WHAT a crazy ride it's been since April 10, the day Israel Folau hit 'share' on his Instagram page and sent the nation into a spin.

While I don't condone what he did, the saga has turned into a soap opera which keeps coming back for another season.

No matter what side of the Folau debate you sit on, you can't deny the star fullback has given rugby union a parting gift in this sorry war; relevance.

Did anyone else not realise Super Rugby was still a thing? I thought it died in 2011 with Angry Birds and planking.

Rugby union at the professional level is on its knees in this country.

Television ratings dropped below the A-League last year and crowd numbers are just as sparse.

The ACT Brumbies, the only Australian side to make the finals in 2019, recorded their second lowest home-crowd average in history this season with 8509.

Thanks to Folau, rugby is back in the nation's spotlight and has the average Joe on the street talking about it again.

The three-time John Eales medallist has dragged the code single-handedly from sporting obscurity to centre stage.


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