Israel Folau makes shock return to rugby union after signing for Japan’s Shining Arcs

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In 2019, Folau struck a deal with Rugby Australia after being sacked for an Instagram post in which he said “hell awaits” gay people.

He also suggested that the bushfires and droughts in Australia in 2019 were punishments from God for the country’s same-sex and abortion laws.

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A devout Christian, Folau has made 73 appearances for Australia’s rugby union team, but returned to the rugby league last year, signing for the Catalans Dragons Super League side.

This move has been strongly condemned both in the world of rugby and in society at large.

The Rugby Football League – the sport’s governing body – said allowing the signing was a “difficult decision” and lamented the player’s previous comments.

Folau’s new team, NTT Communications Shining Arcs, play in the Japanese Top League.

It comes a week after Folau resumed his career in Australia, signing up to play for amateur rugby club Southport Tigers, according to Reuters.

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