Author(s): Israel Folau & David Harding
The State Championships are finally here! Will the Valley team's hard work with coach Israel Folau take them to the final? Daniel and Sione have landed in Sydney for the State Championships. This is the biggest stage they have ever played on and the boys are full of nervous excitement. Valley will meet their toughest opponents yet and have the weight of family expectations on their shoulders. Can the team remember all they have learnt on their training trip around the country? With Izzy's help, Daniel and Sione will have to dig deep and play like never before to make it to the final and win!
"This fast-paced story invites readers to experience what athletes can encounter on and off the field, with realistic experiences and shifting moods." "School Library Journal," June 2016 issue"
Israel Folau (Author) Israel Folau is one of the world's most exciting Rugby Union stars. Israel began his football career in Rugby League, playing for the Melbourne Storm as a 17 year old and later the Brisbane Broncos. He also represented Queensland in State of Origin and the Australian Kangaroos. After a two year stint in AFL with the Greater Western Sydney Giants, Israel made a highly publicised move to Rugby Union, his third professional sport code, and has since become a key member of both the New South Wales and the Australian Wallabies teams. In 2014 Israel played an instrumental role in leading the Waratahs to their first ever Super Rugby Championship, leading the competition in tries, offloads and clean breaks. Soon thereafter, in just his second season playing the sport, he cemented his position as Australian Rugby's brightest star by being named the Super Rugby Player of the Year and John Eales Medallist. Izzy has scored a try on debut for every professional team he has ever played for, including the Melbourne Storm, Brisbane Broncos, Queensland Maroons, Australian Kangaroos, NSW Waratahs and Australian Wallabies.David Harding (Author) David Harding enjoys writing grinking stories - ones that make kids grin while they think. He is a school teacher who lives and runs in and around Sydney with his wife and two sons. Besides the Israel Folau books, David has written titles in the RSPCA Animal Tales series the Robert Irwin: Dinosaur Hunter series, and has had many short stories and poems published in various collections and The School Magazine.