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Horne late show sinks Springboks

Wallabies fullback Israel Folau scored early. Photo: Skysports

Wallabies fullback Israel Folau scored early. Photo: Skysports

A late converted try from Rob Horne saw the Wallabies score their first win of the Rugby Championship as they came from behind to beat South Africa 24-23 at Patersons Stadium in Perth.

It went right down to the wire as the Boks, who had led for 38 minutes of the second-half were left to lick their wounds ahead of facing New Zealand.

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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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Folau, Beale should stay in union

Kurtley Beale and Israel Folau are making an impact in rugby union. Photo: AAP

Kurtley Beale and Israel Folau are making an impact in rugby union. Photo: AAP

When Israel Folau was spotted having a coffee with the NRL’s head of football Todd Greenberg last week, it fuelled speculation that a return to rugby league was on the cards for the dual international.

Combined with sightings of Bulldogs coach Des Hasler at a Waratahs match – reportedly to watch Kurtley Beale play – it had the rugby union community in a slight panic, fearful they may be losing two of their biggest drawcards, and best players, to the 13 man-a-side game.

Folau hosed down any rumours on Fox Sports’ Rugby HQ on Thursday night, proclaiming the coffee was merely a chance meeting, along with highlighting the fact that it was Greenberg’s birthday and the two know each other well.

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Nadolo in doubt for Rugby World Cup

Contract dilemma may keep Nadolo from representing Fiji in next year's world cup. Photo: Getty Images

A dual contract dillemma may keep Nadolo from representing Fiji in next year’s world cup. Photo: Getty Images

Flying Fijian inside centre Nemani Nadolo is in doubt to don the national jumper at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, according to a story by Bleacher Report.

The report claims that his dual contract with the Crusaders in Super Rugby and Japanese side NEC Green Rockets will complicate matters on his availability next year.

This is the full story by syndicated columnist Tom Sunderland:

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Nadolo rated best centre

Flying Fijian inside centre Nemani Nadolo scores the hosts opening try against Italy at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Photo: RugbyLive

Flying Fijian inside centre Nemani Nadolo scores the hosts opening try against Italy at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Photo: RugbyLive

Flying Fijian Nemani Nadolo was rated the best inside centre from all the Test matches that were played last weekend.

According to Planet Rugby, Nadolo after taking the Super Rugby by storm was “of similar style and stature to Jonah Lomu.” Nadolo opened the account for Fiji scoring in the first half.

Planet Rugby analysts were also surprised with Nadolo’s boot after he took over the kicking duties, kicking two penalties and two conversions.

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