One man with all the facets of a world-class 15 is Israel Folau. He’s embraced the skills required from three codes – league, union and Aussie Rules – and wrapped them into a consummate package. So important is he to Australia that Michael Cheika excused him the European tour to rest him for bigger battles ahead.
LAST MONTH I explained how the new ruck laws have reduced the attempts by a defence to compete for the ball. One team bucking the trend are Leinster, whose aggressive rush defence and insatiable appetite to challenge over the ball at the tackle makes them hard to penetrate.