Controversial NRL star Israel Folau could very well soon be making a return to the league. It was recently confirmed that St George Illawarra is pursuing the 31-year-old player, and the NRL has already been approached in order to discuss the way forward.
Folau, after playing four NRL seasons with Melbourne and Brisbane, as well as representing his province and country during that time, was fired by Rugby Australia in 2019 after homophobic slurs and remarks. The NRL has confirmed that it will consider the request by the Dragons – despite several current as well as former Rugby League bosses’ contention that Folau’s comments are in fact not compatible with the culture and values of the league.
A process of “consideration” is currently underway, a Dragons spokesperson has now confirmed. And according to Dragons CEO Ryan Webb, the club is very much interested in acquiring Folau’s services. Webb also said that while the club is aware of their being a range of opinions about Folau and his controversial history, it still believes he could be a good addition to the setup.
The NRL has confirmed having entered into talks with the club, saying that part of the stipulations in the event of a successful signing would be definite conditions regarding Folau’s public social media presence and comments. In the event of those conditions being breached by the player, he would face instant and immediate termination, explained the league.
Peter Beattie, predecessor to current Australian Rugby League Commission Chairman Peter V’landys, previously said the commission would block any attempts by Folau to return to the game.
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