Israel Folau won’t be returning to the NRL after his Rugby Australia termination, after ARL Commission chairman Peter Beattie closed the door on welcoming Folau back into the NRL on Thursday night.
After another Instagram post landed Folau in hot water, Rugby Australia decided that was the last straw and have begun to terminate his $4m contract.
Despite a number of NRL clubs potentially able to bring Folau back to the league, Beattie told The Daily Telegraph on Thursday he won’t be brought back into the NRL.
“Israel Folau fails the NRL’s inclusiveness culture which is a policy strongly supported by the Australian Rugby League Commission,” Beattie said.
“As a game, we have a clear position to be inclusive.
“From our point of view rugby union has made a decision that clearly rugby league would support.
“The ARLC therefore would not support his registration to play in the NRL.”
Folau began his NRL career with the Storm in 2007 before moving to Brisbane in 2009. He then signed with the GWS Giants in the AFL following one season as a Bronco, and hasn’t since returned to the league.