Israel Folau signed as much as play for a 2nd-tier Australian rugby league team on Friday in his most in vogue convey to total a sporting exile sparked by his homophobic social media posts.
The former rugby union global urged a press conference he deliberate to open up taking half in next week for the Southport Tigers, a minute Queensland team backed by controversial mining billionaire Clive Palmer.
But his registration as a player has yet to be accepted by the Queensland Rugby League.
Folau, 32, was sacked by Rugby Australia in Can also fair 2019 for a homophobic social media put up saying that “hell awaits” homosexual folks and others he considers sinners.
Israel Folau, 32, was sacked by Rugby Australia in Can also fair 2019 for a homophobic social media put up saying that “hell awaits” homosexual folks and others he considers sinners.
At Friday’s press conference alongside Palmer, Israel Folau was unrepentant about his past statements.
“No regrets at all in life… from, you realize, my faith in God every little thing happens for a reason,” he acknowledged.
“I’m correct grateful for that replace to secure aid on the discipline.”
Folau is perform to play alongside his two brothers for the Gold Hover-primarily primarily primarily based Southport Tigers.
Queensland Rugby League acknowledged it was peaceable pondering his application for registration.
Though he has no longer met with the Nationwide Rugby League to discuss a few imaginable return to the competition, Israel Folau acknowledged he was commence to it.
When puzzled about his social media posts, he acknowledged he stood by the Bible.
“Every written observe that’s written in that book, I stand by that.”
The Australian Rugby League Commission has beforehand suggested it may perhaps maybe perhaps no longer permit Folau to come aid to the league, with chairperson Peter V’landys saying he wished an inclusive game.
But Palmer, a failed populist political figure in Australia, acknowledged he backed Folau “100 p.c” and threatened apt circulation in opposition to any individual who may perhaps perhaps well “explain him illegally”.
“If they want to convey things about him which would be no longer correct, correct undercover agent out,” Palmer, who also frail to play for Southport, acknowledged.
The Queensland businessman is as accustomed to the courts as he’s with television cameras, most no longer too long in the past shedding a apt wrestle with heavy metal band Twisted Sister after ripping off their hit “We’re no longer gonna rob it” in a political ad.
Folau was a celeb NRL player early in his profession, then switched to rugby union after an unsuccessful stint taking half in Australian Suggestions.
He scored 37 tries in 73 rugby union Checks before being dumped by Australia in 2019, then returned to the league in February final 365 days in France with the Catalans Dragons.