REPORTS | Israel Folau offered big-money return to rugby union

Israel Folau has thankfully rejected an offer to play in the Top 14, instead looking to extend his Super League deal with the Catalan Dragons.

French media and news agency AFP are reporting that big-spenders Montpellier wanted to sign the former Wallabies utility, approaching him during the current Covid-19 lockdown.

They are coached by Philippe Saint-Andre who was in charge of France at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Montpellier were prepared to ignore any controversy with Folau who ended his Australian rugby deal in a costly settlement after making homophobic comments on social media.

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Folau enjoyed a fine debut for the France-based Super League side in February, scoring a try after just five minutes in a 36-18 win over Castleford.

It was his first taste of rugby league in 10 years having featured for the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL.


Ranked! The 10 most hated people in rugby

Outspoken journalists, terrible referees, filthy players, dire pundits – join RUCK in our countdown of the most reviled individuals in the game…

This isn’t a list of people we here at RUCK personally hate – although some of the people here are definitely off our Christmas card list – but rather who stir up opprobrium in the game.

10. Dylan Hartley

Swearing at referee’s, involving himself in scraps and eye gouging accusations have all led to the England hooker becoming one of the most vilified rugby players of the modern era. His reputation has somewhat recovered in recent years


9. Wayne Barnes 

Is a very good referee but gets under the skin of a lot of fans, especially of the Welsh persuasion.


8. Yoan Huget

– Stamping on players heads

– Gouging another player

-Faking injuries

– Generally being an absolute shithousenull

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