NRL Chair Rules Out Israel Folau's Return

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11 April 2019

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The NRL has ruled out any future for disgraced crosscode star Israel Folau. 

The news comes as the Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the rugby player's comments were "terrible insensitive".

Folau is set to be sacked by the Australian Rugby Union after he doubled down on his comments that homosexuals were going to hell on Instagram.

But any hope of a return to the NRL, where he began his career, has evaporated after ARLC chairman Peter Beattie said the dual international failed the character test and they would not register a contract.

"Israel Folau fails the NRL's inclusiveness culture, which is a policy strongly supported by the ARLC," Beattie said. 

"The ARLC therefore would not support his registration to play NRL".

Folau played 91 matches for Melbourne and Brisbane as well as eight State of Origins and eight Tests before switching to the AFL and rugby union.

The Prime Minister has also shared his thoughts on the situation:

"I thought they were terribly insensitive comments and obviously that was a matter for the ARU and they've taken that decision," Mr Morrison told ABC News on Friday.

"It is important that people act with love, care and compassion to their fellow citizens and to speak sensitively to their fellow Australians."

As for Folau's career, it appears his future now lies in overseas rugby union.

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