Notoriously Homophobic Rugby Star Israel Folau Plans Return to Sport

Tuesday July 6, 2021

Israel Folau
Israel Folau  (Source:Associated Press)

Notoriously homophobic rugby star Israel Folau is back.

CNN reports that the former "Wallabies player Israel Folau, who was embroiled in controversy after an anti-gay post on social media, has returned to rugby union after agreeing to sign for NTT Communications Shining Arcs, the Japanese outfit said on Monday."

After posting on Instagram that "hell awaits" gay people, he was sacked from Rugby Australia. In 2019 he reached a settlement with the league.

"He also suggested that Australia's bushfires and droughts in 2019 were punishments from God for the country's same-sex and abortion laws," adds CNN.

"Folau's Wallabies career ended following social media posts that were deemed discriminatory that saw his contract torn up in 2019," reports the Guardian. "A drawn-out legal battle with Rugby Australia followed before he signed with the Catalans Dragons in the UK Super League."

His acquisition with the Shining Arcs comes shortly after the code-hopping star was granted a release from French rugby league club Catalans Dragons to play for the Southport Tigers in the amateur Gold Coast Rugby League Premiership," reports the website RugbyPass.com.

"Folau has been playing in his second rugby league stint since he was was sacked by Rugby Australia [RA] in 2019 over social media posts that were deemed discriminatory towards the LBGTQ+ community," the site adds.

"The 32-year-old's high-profile dismissal from RA's payroll was monumental at the time given his status within Australian rugby circles."

The latest Folau news comes not long after Irish rugby player Jack Dunne came out as bisexual.