Folau "surely" won't leave rugby: Phipps

Vince Rugari

Nick Phipps is expecting big things from a refreshed Israel Folau as he makes his return to rugby after a two-month break.

He also expects the Wallabies and NSW Waratahs superstar to stay put in the code for the long-term, urging Rugby Australia officials to sign him up as quickly as possible.

Folau is off contract at the end of 2018 but with the World Cup just around the corner, is expected to remain in rugby despite likely offers from NRL clubs.