Drama for controversial rugby player Israel Folau just won’t end as he was left out of the Catalans squad in their Super League match against Wakefield on Sunday.
Israel Folau who has spent all week training with his new club, Catalans Dragons, was expected to make his debut for the club during their Super League game against Wakefield this Sunday.
Catalans’ head coach Steve McNamara has come out saying that Folau needs time to adjust to league rugby and would probably make his debut during the Dragons’ home game against Castleford on 15 February.
Folau last played in the rugby league in 2010 for the Brisbane Broncos. His spat of homophobic posts on social media last year led to Rugby Australia sacking him. He went onto sue Rugby Australia for unfair dismissal over his religious beliefs and they settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.
The truth is, one major factor that probably led to Folau not making an appearance at Wakefield this weekend is because Wakefield will be celebrating inclusivity in sport and inviting LGBT+ communities Mobile Rocket Stadium.
The presence of Israel Folau was most likely to have dampened the mood of the event and that is probably what led to his debut being postponed.