Tongo offer Folau route back to global rugby

Israel Folau

Israel Folau

Folau now finds himself in the wilderness after his contracts with both Rugby Australia and club side Waratahs were terminated after he posted homophobic comments on social media in April.

Given Folau has already represented Australia, he can not switch immediately and play for another country.

"No one from the Broncos met with Israel Folau or his representative last week, nor at any other time", the statement said.

"Getting him to the Broncos is not something that has even been considered".

Before making the shift to the AFL, the Broncos were the last club he played for throughout his league career. He joined the Waratahs in another code switch in played for the Storm in the NRL.

The 30-year-old appeared in 39 matches for the Broncos between 2009-10 and scored 37 tries, and was reported to have met with management.

But any bid for a lifeline has been immediately shut down by ARLC chairman Peter Beattie who reiterated his stance that Folau would not be allowed back in the game under the NRL's inclusion policy.

"We are an inclusive game with respect for all".

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"As it stands, he will not be considered for registration".

"We'd love to have him", Kefu told Fairfax media.

Despite Beattie's comments, there have been reports NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg was prepared to have a conversation with Folau and believed a deal could be done if serious stipulations were put in place.

The ex-Wallabies No. 8 said that contact has been made with Folau about playing for Tonga following the dual international's sacking by Rugby Australia for breaching his contract.

"If he's played in those competitions before he's certainly good enough to have a trial for us and then we can see whether he is good enough to be part of that Rugby World Cup squad".

Speaking to the Syndey Morning Herald, Kefu confirmed he is eager to secure the athletic winger.

"Focus has to be on winning the next game, or the World Cup or the Bledisloe Cup or the things that our fans want, the things that we want".

"It's a long time away, so we'll let the dust settle a bit after his most recent issues. He hasn't indicated where he is going, so we'll wait until the dust settles and then look at those options".

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