Israel Folau: Hull KR lead campaign against Catalans Dragons signing

Israel Folau: Hull KR lead campaign against Catalans Dragons signing”

The French Super League club imposed a media blackout after announcing a week ago that the dual-code global - banned by Rugby Australia last May over homophobic comments he made on social media - has signed a 12-month contract with them.

Folau could be in line to make his Catalans debut at Wakefield on Monday in the second round of the Super League.

Woolf says Folau is passionate about his Tongan heritage and any meetings that he has had with him have really gone well.

"Catalan Dragons have changed their minds about holding a media conference to unveil big new signing Israel Folau", Scott tweeted.

'I look forward to my return to the great game of rugby league with the Catalans Dragons'.

That did not stop Catalans offering Folau a one-year deal for this season.

The club will instead film an interview with Folau and send it out to media.

"When we learned that Folau was on the market and that he was finished with the legal proceedings in Australia and he made his apologies to the rugby union authorities, I decided that we were going to recruit a rugby player", Guasch said.

Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone and St Helens chairman Eamon McManus are among those who have spoken out against the signing.

Maria and Israel Folau are expected to base themselves in France. "It shows none of the bravery, cameraderie or integrity RFL (Rugby Football League) expects from its players, staff and fans".

English club Wigan Warriors also jumped on social media to take aim at Folau.

The Warriors are inviting LGBTQ+ groups to the match, while the players will be wearing rainbow socks and laces throughout the match.

Catalans have reportedly been taken aback by the negative reaction to Folau's latest move and imposed a media lockout on queries involving the 30-year-old.

Disquiet about Folau's signing is widespread in the Super League with several prominent figures publicly denouncing the Australian's arrival in the days after it was confirmed.

Folau was no stranger to the 13-man code after beginning his career with the Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm in the NRL.

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