After a two-years-ban declared by the Rugby Australia on Israel Folau, the former Wallabies fullback is on the verge of resuming his career.
The Queensland Rugby League has conditionally granted his application to play with the Southport Tigers.
Folau’s application was approved by the competition’s board today.
However, this is subject to the 32-year-old being released from his French club Catalan Dragons.
Clive Palmer, a billionaire who supports Folau, has threatened to take the QRL to Federal Court if the governing body does not rule in his favor today. Clive Palmer stated that he would “100%” back Folau’s ability to play.
Folau, who wants to make his Southport debut on Saturday May 29, is yet to be registered by the Queensland Rugby League.
Over twenty four months ago, Israel Folau’s rugby career appeared to be over after an independent panel endorsed Rugby Australia’s decision to terminate his contract in the wake of the player’s infamous social media statements in which he declared hell awaits “drunks, gays, adulterers,” among other things.
The 32-year-old, who has 62 Test caps for Australia, was previously found guilty of a “high-level infringement” of the code of conduct for comments he made in April, 2019.
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Following an Instagram and Twitter posts, RA sent Folau a breach notice on April 15, 2019, noting that his actions constituted a high-level violation of the Code, necessitating the termination of his $4 million (1,644,000 000 naira) contract.
The three-member panel, which included John West QC, Kate Eastman SC, and John Boultbee AM determined that Folau’s offensive social media statements merited his dismissal, RA terminated the Wallabies and NSW Waratahs superstar’s four-year contract in 2019.
Since his contract with Rugby Australia was cancelled in 2019, Israel Folau has not played in Australia. With the hope to revamp his career to play rugby league for the Southport Tigers.