Israel Folau will remain with the The New South Wales Waratahs and Australia until 2022 after agreeing a new contract.

The 29-year-old full-back has created headlines for his controversial views on homosexuality as much as his prowess on the pitch this year.

He has also previously professionally played AFL and Rugby League, which was suggested as a potential port of return after a backlash to his social media comments.

Folau has scored 34 tries in 69 appearances for the Wallabies but was held scoreless in three Tests against Ireland last June.

Super Rugby outfit The Waratahs are also in advanced discussions with Adam Ashley-Cooper about a return to Australia for next season.

Chief executive Andrew Hore said that a new deal to keep Folau in Sydney was completed at the Super Rugby club's end and was only awaiting the fine detail of the Wallabies element of the agreement.
           
"It's Rugby Australia's announcement to make, and we would leave them to make that at a time that they deem is appropriate," he said.
           
Coach Daryl Gibson later indicated that 116-cap Wallabies outside back Ashley-Cooper might be playing alongside Folau in the Waratahs backline next year as the 34-year-old has a crack at making it to a fourth World Cup.
           
"We're looking for our wing and potentially, discussions with Adam are progressing nicely to the point where we're looking at a decision there," he said.
           
"He's made it pretty clear with his desire to push for the World Cup and we want to give him the chance to do that."
           
A versatile and highly dependable back, Ashley-Cooper represented Australia at the 2007, 2011 and 2015 World Cups before leaving for France to play for Bordeaux.