Israel Folau withdraws Supreme Court injunction against QRL
Israel Folau has sought a Supreme Court injunction against the Queensland Rugby League in an attempt to return to the pitch.
Backed by billionaire businessman Clive Palmer, Folau is locked in a desperate attempt to revive his rugby league in Australia.
QRL claimed last month that they would not accept Folau’s registration to play for Southport Tigers until they received permission from Super League club Catalans.
Folau remains under contract with the French club after returning to the rugby league following a messy and controversial Rugby Australia exit.
If and when an authorization is approved, Folau would be limited to playing rugby league at a level which is not higher than a community level.
The international double is also expected to meet the standards of QRL’s code of conduct, after the governing body made it clear that Folau’s controversial social media posts do not match their beliefs.
Folau’s lawyers are heading to court, claiming the QRL’s position is an unreasonable restriction on trade.
If successful, that would pave the way for Folau to play for Southport next Sunday against Mudgeeraba.
“Israel Folau is a perfect role model for the game and the QRL must recognize that,” said lawyer Sam Iskander.
“Israel does not drink, smoke or take drugs. He has never been charged with any criminal offense.
“He loves his wife and son. He has an unparalleled rugby playing record.
“Israel, like any other Australian, has the right to provide for its family.”