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Folau says a broken ankle was a wake-up call

Fullback Israel Folau celebrates the Super Rugby final win with the Waratahs. Photo: Getty Images

Fullback Israel Folau celebrates the Super Rugby final win with the Waratahs. Photo: Getty Images

Israel Folau believes God broke his ankle in 2009 to teach him a lesson about boozy weekends and random one-night stands with women.

Folau believes God took him out of the NRL to endure two years of toil in the AFL to humble him.

Then, only after Folau had reconnected with God, did He open the door to rugby, in which he now stands as the man to end 12 years of Australian agony by leading the Wallabies to victory over the All Blacks in tonight’s Bledisloe Cup opener.

And if you think Folau is crazy, he doesn’t care.

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Beale selected as Wallabies’ five-eighth

Kurtley Beale will be the Wallabies pivot against the All Blacks on Saturday. Photo: SMH

Kurtley Beale will be the Wallabies pivot against the All Blacks on Saturday. Photo: SMH

Kurtley Beale will wear the Wallabies No.10 jersey for the first time since 2012 in an overhauled Australian back line to play the All Blacks on Saturday.

In a stunning move, Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has backed the 42-Test playmaker, whom he first selected at five-eighth as a teenager in the Waratahs, to lead Australia around the park at ANZ Stadium in the opening Test of the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup series.

In-form Test incumbent Bernard Foley will move to the bench, an unlucky casualty of his NSW teammate’s outstanding form in Super Rugby and off the bench for the Wallabies this year.

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Polota-Nau injury worries Wallabies

Agony: An injury to Tatafu Polota-Nau could cause maximum pain for the Wallabies. Photo: Getty Images

Agony: An injury to Tatafu Polota-Nau could cause maximum pain for the Wallabies. Photo: Getty Images

The Wallabies’ plans for a Bledisloe Cup upset have taken a body blow with a major cloud over Test hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau.

Polota-Nau will have scans on Monday on a suspected medial ligament injury to his right knee incurred in the Waratahs’ triumphant 33-32 title win over the Crusaders on Saturday night.

It happened just after half-time, when the 49-Test rake tackled Crusaders prop Wyatt Crockett in the 42nd minute.

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