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Israel Folau targeted on social media in wake of Wallabies victory

By Ian Cameron

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In the wake of the Wallabies record-breaking six-try effort against the All Blacks, it was never going to be long before thoughts turned to Israel Folau.

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It was always going to happen.

The 47 points conceded by the All Blacks was the most in their history – against any opponent. Conclusion? They’re not a bad team without the controversial Folau.

Former Wallaby Peter FitzSimons – an outspoken critic of Folau – was quick to stick the boot in.

“There was a player missing … I can’t remember, what was his name? Is it Israel? What happened to that bloke?”

Twitter was even less forgiving.

https://twitter.com/vanOnselenP/status/1160156354234863616
https://twitter.com/KarinMary1/status/1160275853399343104
https://twitter.com/scottdools/status/1160320011602255873
https://twitter.com/outlawmate/status/1160515764601815047
https://twitter.com/BlakandBlack/status/1160492316764753920
https://twitter.com/deedeewhiteshep/status/1160406824559865856
https://twitter.com/ScottyFreak/status/1160339505670307840
https://twitter.com/Tukeke70/status/1160269973048029184
https://twitter.com/ChiefGoodfella/status/1160424178828238850

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However, some defended Folau amid the barrage of gleeful taunting.

https://twitter.com/johnny_mynrl/status/1160415380432543744
https://twitter.com/varminter/status/1160426152176967681
https://twitter.com/BobBlackie/status/1160450833919557632
https://twitter.com/unhappynow/status/1160424354569605120
https://twitter.com/JoeBrow67457841/status/1160445556482666496
https://twitter.com/about_rumors/status/1160428598081150976

Indeed All Black Ben Smith called it before the match, suggesting Beale posed a bigger threat to the All Blacks than the former NRL and AFL star.

“He (Folau) is a world-class player … but Kurtley Beale has got that same X-factor, and he’s a quality player too,” Smith said.

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“Kurtley Beale is pretty dangerous. He has a good sidestep.”

Press conference: England flanker Tom Curry ahead of his side’s game against Wales on Sunday. He says he’s confident that he’s done everything he could to earn a place in the side Eddie Jones takes to Japan, saying it would be a ‘boyhood dream’.

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