Israel Folau arrives in Perpignan for training with new club Catalans

Israel Folau has begun training with his new Catalans team-mates in the south of France.

Last Tuesday, the Dragons announced the signing of the controversial character on a one-year contract.

Folau was banned by Rugby Australia last May over homophobic comments he made on social media, saying “hell awaits” gay people.

He is thought to have flown in on Monday and was seen arriving at the Stade Gilbert Brutus on Tuesday morning.

Folau could make his debut for the Dragons in Sunday’s match at Wakefield after being brought in as a direct replacement for Fiji international Brayden Wiliame, who joined NRL side St George Illawarra Dragons in the off-season.

Catalans club president Bernard Guasch is expected to make a rare appearance at a meeting of Super League clubs in Salford on Wednesday to explain his club’s behaviour and why they signed Folau.

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  1. Hull KR, amongst others, are threatening legal action. Mr Hudgell, a LAWYER, should know better. Mr Folau has not created a criminal act, all he has done is expressed an opinion, not very sensible or credible, but in a free open democratic society he has the right.
    Now restraint of trade IS covered by the law, and Mr Hudgell amongst others, should know that should they take legal action it is tantamount to what they are doing, The Australian RU settled out of court. Why? Simply because they couldn’t win an unfair dismissal case and the SL clubs considering bring a legal case can’t win either.
    Most people do not agree with what Mr Foau has said, but that’s irrelevant to what he does on the rugby league field.

    • Nicley put… Come on SL lets get on with this and lets not let the season start of with all this… Lets enjoy the season and the game!!! He’s not a criminal nor did he kill anyone, or take any drugs that has killed and ruined more lives…

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