Israel Folau to make Catalans Dragons debut against Castleford

Folau will make his Super League debut on Saturday

Israel Folau could make his Super League debut on Saturday after being named in Catalans Dragons' 21-man squad to face Castleford Tigers in Perpignan.

Israel Folau says he considered retirement before rugby league side Catalans handed him a career lifeline.

The former Wallabies and Waratahs full-back or winger has not played since being sacked by Rugby Australia in May for his anti-LGBT+ comments on social media and it is 10 years since his last rugby league game. Israel Folau's arrival at Catalans Dragons sparked a spike of interest in league that numerous sport's devoted fans have craved for decades - but this is a true test of whether there is actually such a thing as bad publicity.

He told L'Independant: "Yes of course I thought about ending my career and to do other things".

"I thank the president and my coach for this opportunity they have given me".

"He's a good player, an outstanding player, it will be interesting to see how he fits back in", said Powell, whose side were the first to go up against another dual-code global, Sonny Bill Williams, in their opening game of the season against Toronto.

"It's great to come back in a new team environment and to find a training routine with the others, but the most important thing is to give the best for my team".

Earlier this week the Dragons coach, Steve McNamara, had said he wanted to wait until he was sure Folau was ready for his return to the sport.

Israel Folau prepares for his Super League debut with the Catalans Dragons.

"You only see the headline, you don't know the person", McNamara said.

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