Israel Folau Set To Return To Rugby League And Play AGAINST Australia
Exiled former rugby union player Israel Folau has registered to play for Tonga in their two Test matches later this year.
Folau has been out of professional sport since he was sacked by Rugby Australia for violating their code of conduct for posts, which were deemed to be offensive to gay people and others.
The 30-year-old, originally from Minto in Sydney's south-west, made his professional sports debut as a rugby league player then went to the GWS Giants to try his hand in a relatively unsuccessful AFL stint.
He then became probably the Wallabies' best player before he was exiled.
Now it seems he will try to return to rugby league to play for Tonga, the nation of his heritage.
The Chairman of the Tongan National Rugby League, George Koloamatangi, announced Monday that both Israel and his brother John will play for Mate Ma’a Tonga in the Oceania Cup to be played in late October and early November.
The team will play against Great Britain and Australia in the competition to be held in New Zealand.
Both brothers have registered to play league through the TNRL and are eligible to play in international rugby league fixtures.
“I don’t want to bring any of my personal matters into this and I am grateful that the IRLF have endorsed my availability,” Israel Folau said in a Tonga National Rugby league statement.
“What I will do now is focus on playing great rugby league and do my talking on the field.”
However, Australia's NRL reports that the Rugby League International Federation is set to veto the move at an upcoming meeting.
More to come.