Former Australian Rugby Union star, Israel Folau is set to make a dramatic return to Rugby League, nine years after his switch.
Folau’s contract with Rugby Australia was terminated earlier this month following a high-level breach of the Players’ Code of Conduct.
The 30-year-old shared a post on social media in which he said that “hell awaits” various groups including drunks, homosexuals and adulterers.
Folau is still following up an unfair dismissal case against Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Waratahs and it will be heard in February 2020 if no settlement is reached beforehand.
In the meantime, he is set to feature for the play for Tongan national Rugby League team against Great Britain and Australia in October and November.
Tonga National Rugby League released a statement saying that both Folau and his 24-year-old brother John have been registered to play for them.
“I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to represent God, my family, my heritage and the people of Tonga,” Folau said in a statement.
“I am thankful that the RLIF (Rugby League International Federation) have accepted my availability to play.”
Meanwhile, recently appointed head coach of Tonga Frank Endacott is delighted with the signing of the Folau brothers.
“This is great news,” Endacott said.
“These guys are great footballers and bring size, pace and skill to the team. They will make a huge impact in the team and provide exciting attack options all over the park.
“This will be great boost to the internationals, and I can’t wait to see the crowd support that this will generate from our famous Mate Ma’a Tonga supporters.”