Catalans complete Folau capture
Catalans Dragons have announced the signing of former Australia international Israel Folau ahead of the new Super League campaign.
The 30-year-old has penned a one-year contract with the French outfit and returns to rugby league for the first time since 2010.
Folau started his NRL career when he was 17, and he enjoyed spells at Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos before switching sports to play in Australian Rules.
He then joined the Waratahs in rugby union and was immediately called up to the Australia team, going on to make 62 appearances for the Wallabies during a six-year career.
Folau reached a settlement with Australia Rugby in December after he was released for writing homophobic posts on social media last April.
He has vowed to concentrate on his rugby after being given another chance, and he admits he cannot wait to get started.
The Minto-born ace told the Catalans website: "I acknowledge the views expressed by Super League and the Rugby Football League. I'm a proud Christian, my beliefs are personal, my intention is not to hurt anyone, and I will not be making further public comment about them. I look forward to my return to the great game of Rugby League with the Catalans Dragons."
The Rugby Football League have also released a statement to explain their stance on the deal.
It read: "This is a difficult decision, as the RFL places a high value on the sport's reputation in prioritising Inclusion and Diversity – and deplores the player's previous comments.
"However, the moral responsibility for deciding whether to sign a player sits with individual clubs. The player has not been charged or found guilty of any criminal offence.
"We have sought and received reassurances from both the player and the club regarding future behaviour."
Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.