Homophobic Rugby Ace Israel Folau Signs Contract Extension

Israel Folau, who was sacked by Rugby Australia in May 2019 over homophobic social media posts, has signed a one-year contract extension with the French Super League, Catalan Dragons.

Folau, 31, scored 37 tries in 73 rugby union Tests before being dumped by Australia after a post saying that “hell awaits” gay people.

Folau, 31, made his return to the 13-a-side code in February with the Dragons after a decade playing Australian rules football and union.

Catalans gave Folau an opportunity to rebuild his career in France – despite making clear they did not support his views – and the back made three Super League appearances for them before the coronavirus shutdown. His contract is thought to include a cause stating any repeat of his comments would see the deal ripped up.

Folau also suggested last November’s Australian bush fires were because of the country’s attitude to gay marriage and abortion – announced the settlement in a joint statement although its terms remain undisclosed.

Super League will resume on 2 August after the campaign was postponed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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