Folau wins record third John Eales Medal
Wallabies and Waratahs full-back Israel Folau has claimed a record third John Eales Medal, capping off an outstanding Test year.
Folau has topped the medal count, which is voted on by players on a 3-2-1 basis after each Test from the end-of-year tour to the final Bledisloe Cup Test, for the third time in just five seasons in rugby, finishing with 260 votes, ahead of Kurtley Beale (166), Bernard Foley (146), Michael Hooper (142) and Sean McMahon (129)
The full-back, who is set to go on sabbatical after this weekend’s Barbarians clash, was one of just four players to have won it twice before this season – along with George Smith, Nathan Sharpe and current skipper Michael Hooper.
Folau trailed flanker David Pocock at the end of the 2016 year-end tour, before a sensational June Series, that included three consecutive doubles for the 28-year-old, put him in front.