Folau not worried by Wallabies' underdogs status


Israel Folau has no concerns over Australia's status as huge underdogs heading into Saturday's opening Bledisloe Cup clash with New Zealand.

It has been 14 years since the Wallabies claimed the Bledisloe bragging rights against their rivals, while the All Blacks triumphed 34-17 when the sides met in last year's World Cup final.

This weekend they will face off once more in Sydney, where Steve Hansen's side are overwhelming favourites to triumph.

Centre Folau told the Australian Rugby Union's website: "I don't think anyone really gives us a chance, but that's alright with us.

"It's something that we can't control as a team and, as a playing group, you just go about doing your own work and worrying about our own business.

"It works for some guys and others it doesn't really bother them.

"Everyone has a different preparation or the way they look at a game and I think for most guys it could work in their favour.

"Otherwise we can't just rely on that. We have to make sure we control the things we can."

The All Blacks will be without George Moala, who suffered a knee injury in training.