Folau cleared by QRL to play on Gold Coast after Catalans release

The Queensland Rugby League has now rubberstamped Israel Folau’s registration, paving the way for him to play for the Southport Tigers in the Gold Coast comp.

The development comes after Folau was released from his contract with UK Superleague club Catalans overnight.

The QRL had refused to finalise Folau’s registration to play for the Southport Tigers while he was still under contract.


He then launched legal action in the Supreme Court with his lawyer accusing the QRL of treating him differently.

Catalans confirmed overnight that he has been released from his contract with “immediate effect”.

“Israel has been great with us in 2020 both on and off the field and we wanted to facilitate the negotiations to reach an agreement.,” Catalans chairman Bernard Guasch said.

“He told us his desire to play alongside his two brothers and we didn’t want to prevent him.

“We wish him all the best in the next chapter of his career.”

Late this afternoon the QRL confirmed it had now registered Folau to play for Southport.

“As previously stated, the QRL Board has carefully considered all aspects of the registration request, in line with its current rules and processes.

“The QRL made clear from the outset that Mr Folau would be registered upon completion of the registration process, including the obtaining of a release from his previous overseas club, as per the rules of the game which apply to all players.

“This has today been forthcoming with authorisation from the game’s international body, meaning the QRL has now been able to finalise his registration with the Southport Tigers.”

Folau is expected to make his debut for Southport Tigers as early as this Saturday when they take on Currumbin, if the QRL gives the green light.