THERE ARE so many shapes, sizes and abilities in the sphere of the full-back. You can have the speed of Stuart Hogg, the guile of Ben Smith or the ruggedness of Mike Brown.
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.
Folau’s skill-set allows him to play at full-back, wing and even outside-centre. His physical attributes are there to be seen, but the skills he possesses and his reading of the game make him even more dangerous than what meets the eye.