Transfer Rumours: English clubs could be in for Israel Folau

Disgraced Wallabies star Israel Folau could be thrown a rugby lifeline – by the English Super League.

According to, the RFL have refused to shut the door on the 30-year-old dual-code superstar as the fallout continues from his latest anti-gay comments on social media.

An RFL spokesperson told the website the organisation wasn’t bound by any decisions from Rugby Australia or the ARL: “The RFL Board has ultimate discretion to refuse to register a player where it may bring the game into disrepute or he has been deregistered by any other governing body.”


Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has already said Folau is unlikely to play for him again, while the Waratahs have stood him down indefinitely.

A return to the NRL has also been ruled out after ARL Commission chairman Peter Beattie told the Daily Telegraph Folau “doesn’t pass our inclusiveness test” and that the organisation “wouldn’t support him playing rugby league again”.

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