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Israel Folau: Super League ‘came to wrong conclusion’ in Catalans deal – chief executive

SportsIsrael Folau: Super League 'came to wrong conclusion' in Catalans deal - chief executive

Israel Folau has not played a competitive match in any code of rugby for 10 months

Super League “came to the wrong conclusion” in sanctioning Catalans’ controversial signing of Israel Folau, says chief executive Robert Elstone.

The 30-year-old, who was sacked by Rugby Australia after a homophobic social media post, was registered despite opposition from fellow clubs.

Super League said it lacked the powers to reject the bid in the way the Australian National Rugby League had.

“I think it was a sad day for Super League,” Elstone said.

Speaking on the Super League’s in-house ‘Inside Super League’ show, he continued: “It was a different week for Super League, and a difficult week for me personally – I had a few sleepless nights on it. I think we came to the wrong conclusion.”

At a board meeting on Wednesday, Super League voted unanimously to have “greater authority” to stop future “controversial signings” such as Folau.

Chester ‘not allowed’ to comment on situation

There is a chance Folau could make his debut for Catalans at Wakefield on Sunday, despite not having played any code of rugby in the past 10 months.

The departure of Brayden Wiliame to St George Illawarra a year early, coupled with injuries to Tom Davies and Lewis Tierney, has left the Dragons short of numbers in the outside backs.

Trinity head coach Chris Chester admitted his “hands were tied” regarding any comment on Folau, but reiterated support for the statements made by the competition and by chief executive Michael Carter.