Israel Folau considered quitting rugby, ahead of Catalans debut

James Gordon

Controversial Catalans signing Israel Folau says he considered quitting rugby after he was sacked by Rugby Australia last year.

Folau, 30, is set to make his debut for the Dragons against Castleford tonight, his first game since his departure from rugby union last May.

It is a decade since he last played rugby league, in the NRL for Brisbane.

He told L’Independant: “Yes of course I thought about ending my career and to do other things.

“I thank the president and my coach for this opportunity they have given me. It’s like a new start for me and I am very excited to return to the sport in which I became known.

“I haven’t played 13-a-side for 10 years, so I am also pretty nervous. But the environment is favourable, between the staff and the players, so that I can give my best.

“I am here to be competitive, to play rugby and be consistent with my performances for the team. It’s great to come back in a new team environment and to find a training routine with the others, but the most important thing is to give the best for my team.”

Catalans were soundly beaten by Huddersfield on the opening weekend, but their game at Wakefield last Sunday was called off due to Storm Ciara.