2019 JUL 10 NRL is Playing Politics, Not Rugby League


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Rugby League has been hijacked by social do-gooders pushing political causes that have nothing to do with the game.

Sky News host Andrew Bolt says the NRL is ‘playing left-wing politics’, not rugby league, in both the Israel Folau case and in the call to constitutionally recognise First Nations people.

Mr Bolt says the country must ‘call time’ on ‘this kind of ridiculous identity politics’.

Updated: Sporting News ran this article 08/12/19:
Israel Folau eyeing rugby league return as NRL club makes enquiries, report.

Israel Folau wants to return to rugby league after reaching a settlement with Rugby Australia (RA) – and at least one NRL club has already looked into to signing him, according to reports.

Israel Folau's four-year contract terminated in May after sharing a homophobic social media post.

Folau’s unfair dismissal lawsuit reached a multi-million-dollar conclusion on Wednesday when RA agreed to an undisclosed financial settlement with the 62-Test Wallabies star.

Reports on the value of his settlement have varied wildly from $2.5 to $8 million.

The 30-year-old had his four-year contract terminated in May after sharing a homophobic social media post.

Under-fire RA boss Raelene Castle on Thursday replied ‘never say never’ when asked if Folau would ever be welcomed back into the Wallabies fold.

But it is widely accepted the door is sealed shut on the three-time John Eales Medal winner’s chances of a return to rugby in Australia.

Folau was on Friday linked to South Africa Super Rugby franchise the Bulls, but he reportedly wants to stay on home soil.

That leaves the NRL as the former Melbourne Storm, Brisbane Broncos and GWS Giant’s only chance to continue his code-hopping sporting career.

And as first reported by News Limited journalist Jamie Pandaram, the ex-Queensland Maroons and Australia star has already begun training for a possible NRL return.

New ARL Commission chairman Peter V’Landys recently reaffirmed his predecessor Peter Beattie’s assertion that the governing body would block any attempts to sign Folau.

But Fairfax Media columnist Danny Weidler is reporting the Brisbane Broncos have already made a preliminary enquiry to the NRL about the possibility of signing the controversial dual international.

While it appears unlikely Folau will be allowed to join one of the 16 NRL clubs, his camp has reportedly not ruled out possible legal action if his return is blocked by the governing body.

He played 52 games for Melbourne before switching to the Broncos, making 39 appearances before his shock switch to AFL and the GWS Giants.

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Original-Source: Sky News Australia
Original-Source-Published: Jul 10, 2019
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