Investigation launched into 'disgusting' new Israel Folau drama

Ross Houston
February 18, 2020

Will he add value to the team on and off the field? When I sign a player I judge him on his playing abilities, not on his religious or political beliefs. "They after that returned to us later on on and also claimed it protested the sights of the club for us to have the flags". But the environment is favourable, between the staff and the players, so that I can give my best. Obviously, scoring with his first touch settled his nerves.

"I was probably most impressed with his defence".

Folau's signing was very contentious, with the 30-year-old turning to Europe after Australia's National Rugby League made it clear that it would block any of its teams signing him. McNamara said. "We will not repeat anything that we've (already) said, whether you (the media) like that or not. I know he's certainly exhausted now but he pulled up really well considering everything that's gone before".

Castleford: Rankin, Olpherts, Blair, Shenton, Clare, Trueman, Richardson, Watts, McShane, Griffin, Holmes, Millington, Massey. Substitutes: McMeeken, Smith, O'Neill, Hepi.

Congratulations to Israel Folau after his winning debut of Catalans Dragons but not everything was so positive off the field
Congratulations to Israel Folau after his winning debut of Catalans Dragons but not everything was so positive off the field

"Israel Folau is a top line player, he's risky, obviously on kicks and we found that out pretty quickly but that didn't have any effect on the game".

"We started the first half badly and started the second half badly". It's all about us.

Folau slipped into France two weekends ago and Dragons were hopeful he would quickly dust off the cobwebs and get going on the pitch against Castleford.

Catalans are working with officials at Wakefield Trinity to rearrange last week's postponed fixture at Belle Vue.

Alison Grey, a Castleford fan, posted on social media during the weekend game that she was asked to take down a rainbow flag.

The Tigers' supporter added: "I was twice asked to remove it".

"I thought about ending my career and doing something else so I thank the president and the coach for the opportunity they've given me", Folau told Perpignan-based newspaper l'Independant.

Catalans do not have a policy of banning flags and promised to look into the matter while a Hull spokesman said: "We have nothing against pride flags in general".

Wigan Warriors and Wakefield Trinity have already chose to encourage supporters to celebrate LGBTQ+ inclusivity at their upcoming games against the Dragons by holding Pride days when the French club plays at the DW Stadium and Belle Vue this season.

Neither head coach would answer further questions about his arrival in Super League, Dragons chief Steve McNamara and Tigers counterpart Daryl Powell both focusing on their own team's performances than one individual's 80-minute performance.

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