It is being reported today that Israel Folau is the subject of a huge bid from one Premiership club.
Folau has been in the headlines recently for his anti-homosexual remarks made on social media. He’s fresh off the back of crunch meetings with Rugby Australia and the Waratahs with the outcome being that his current contract is safe and there is no punishment for what he said.
When asked what was god’s plan for gay people, Folau replied “hell” on one of his social media accounts.
There is plenty of speculation surrounding the future of Folau who’s contract with Rugby Australia and the Waratahs finishes at the end of the current season. It is one of RA’s priorities to get Folau signed until after the 2019 World Cup in Japan but there has been significant speculation that he may opt to return to Rugby League when his current deal expires.
Of course, he may stay in the union code, and perhaps that could be in England as The Rugby Paper reports that Sale Sharks have bid £750,000 for the star’s services.
It is reported that Steve Diamond is keen to find a replacement full-back as Mike Haley is leaving the north-west for Munster next season. There will likely be keen interest from Japan and France for Folau’s signature so it would be a major coup if the Sharks manage to pull this off.
Charles Piutau will be the highest paid player in the Premiership next season on a figure understood to be £900,000 per year and Folau could demand up to £1.5 million per year despite his recent controversial comments.