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Folau claims 2018 Matthew Burke Cup

September 21, 2018 4:14 am

Israel Folau has claimed the 2018 Matthew Burke Cup despite missing a month of Super Rugby this year.

Folau’s win ends Michael Hooper’s run of five straight trophies dating back to 2013 and came after both battled injuries this year.

The fullback was not present to collect his award on Thursday night, having booked a holiday to Melbourne this week before leaving for the Wallabies’ South Africa-Argentina tour.

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Folau booked the trip without knowing he had won the cup, with no player told who had won before the event.

He is yet to re-sign with the Waratahs but is expected to ink a new deal in coming weeks.

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