The return of controversial dual international Israel Folau to the NRL will have to wait at least a while longer, with St George Illawarra saying talks have stopped in the club’s bid to bring him back to league.
Folau lost his rugby union contract two years ago, after making a series of homophobic posts on social media.
The Dragons had been seeking the NRL’s permission to sign the 31-year-old former Kangaroos and Wallabies star, but said “discussions have now ceased”.
Folau made his professional debut in the NRL back in 2007 with the Melbourne Storm, before moving to the Brisbane Broncos.
He left the league altogether to sign with fledgling AFL club the GWS Giants in 2011, where he played two seasons.
From there he moved to rugby union, where he carved out a successful career with the NSW Waratahs and Wallabies, until his eventual sacking in 2019.
The Australian Rugby League Commission has repeatedly said Folau’s public remarks about gay people are out of line with the league’s values and standards.
More to come.