4 Dec 2012

Folau signs with Waratahs for 2013 Super Rugby season

11:33 am on 4 December 2012

Israel Folau has confirmed he's switching to his third football code, signing a one-year deal with the New South Wales Waratahs for the 2013 Super Rugby season.

The former rugby league Test and Queensland Origin star Folau was unveiled as a new Waratahs player at a Sydney media conference alongside the coach Michael Cheika and chief executive Jason Allen.

It ends a month of intense speculation about the 23-year-old's future since he cut short his multi million dollar, four-year deal with AFL club Greater Western Sydney on November 1 citing a lack of passion for the game after he struggled to adapt.

While a return to league's NRL was expected, Folau spurned the Parramatta Eels to switch to rugby union with the Waratahs, who finished in 11th place last season after losing their last matches.