SAINTS boss Kristian Woolf will be working out a plan to neutralise the threat of Catalans Dragons dual-code international Israel Folau on Friday.

The 6ft4 three-quarter will be a particular threat in the air in Friday's do-or-die semi-final - something Saints must combat.

But when he slips his Tonga national coach's hat on he will be taking a close look at the powerful centre, who switched back to league in 2019 after being sacked by Rugby Australia.

Woolf said: "He is a class player and real athlete. When he was in rugby league before he was at the top of his game there, as he was when he went to Rugby Union.

"It has not surprised me at all that he has been able to fit in and play really good footy for the Catalans.

"It was never going to take too long."

When asked if he would be considered for selection in the 2021 World Cup, Woolf replied: "If he is the best player he will be in contention. He has played really well this year – and has re-signed for the Catalans next year.

"There are a few players who will put their hands up for the centre spots both over here and in the NRL.

"But if he is the best player then he will be in contention."