Take that Clive! Folau going again to Union in beautiful twist

Israel Folau has signed with Japanese Prime League facet NTT Communications in a contemporary twist after the sacked Wallabies fullback’s latest makes an attempt to resurrect his rugby league profession in Queensland.

With the backing of billionaire businessman Clive Palmer, Folau engaged attorneys to combat his case for a return for Southport in Gold Coast membership soccer, regardless of failing to obtain a contract clearance from French outfit Catalans.

That clearance got here final week and a cope with the Prime League membership, which additionally introduced sacked Waratahs coach Rob Penney as the brand new director of rugby, adopted in a transfer that has reportedly taken Palmer without warning.

Folau’s Wallabies profession ended following a homophobic social media submit that noticed his contract torn up in 2019.

A drawn-out authorized battle with Rugby Australia adopted earlier than he signed with the Catalans Dragons within the UK Tremendous League.

Citing private causes, he returned to Australia whereas nonetheless underneath contract and pushed his case with the QRL for a return.

Folau was set to play for the Southport Tigers final weekend earlier than COVID-19 restrictions put paid to the conflict.

The timing of the Japanese season – Folau isn’t due there till September – means he might nonetheless function for the Tigers this yr.

It’s understood Folau’s Japan contract is considerably lower than his $1 million a season cope with Rugby Australia, whereas it carries strict clauses referring to his social media exercise.

The three-time Wallabies participant of the yr is eligible to play for the nationwide facet once more underneath the Giteau Regulation – he has performed 73 Exams – however it’s understood he’s not on coach Dave Rennie’s radar.


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