Israel Folau takes out Supreme Court docket injunction in bid to play for beginner membership

Queensland Rugby League won’t register Israel Folau with out clearance from Catalans Dragons; the 32-year-old Australian needs to “return to the sport he loves”, his lawyer has mentioned

Final Up to date: 03/06/21 8:43pm

Israel Folau left Catalans Dragons final yr

Israel Folau has lodged a Supreme Court docket injunction towards the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) after the game’s governing physique refused his registration to play for an beginner membership.

Twin code worldwide Folau, who was sacked by Rugby Australia in 2019 for a social media publish deemed discriminatory by the rugby union federation, had hoped to hitch his two brothers enjoying at Gold Coast membership Southport.

The QRL mentioned final month it couldn’t register Folau as a result of he had not supplied affirmation of his contractual launch from his earlier staff, the Catalan Dragons.

Folau performed a season for the French Tremendous League membership earlier than quitting final yr and returning to Australia.

Folau’s authorized staff say the QRL’s refusal quantities to an “unreasonable restraint of commerce”.

“Israel Folau is an ideal function mannequin for the sport and the QRL must recognise that,” Folau’s lawyer Sam Iskander mentioned in an announcement.

“Israel does not drink, smoke or take medicine. He has by no means been charged with any legal offence. He loves his spouse and his son. He has a rugby enjoying report second to none.

“Israel, like some other Australian, has the fitting to assist his household. All Israel needs is the chance to return to the sport he loves, to play alongside his brothers and to do the most effective he can for his spouse and household.”

If Folau is cleared to play, he would solely be registered to play at “group stage and no larger”.

Folau can also be being backed by Southport staff patron and mining billionaire Clive Palmer.

A Fundamentalist Christian, Folau had his Wallabies and Tremendous Rugby offers terminated in 2019 after posting a meme that mentioned hell awaited “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers” and others.

The QRL has additionally mentioned his earlier social media feedback “don’t align to the beliefs of the sport, or the QRL”.

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