Israel Folau launches legal action against QRL

Controversial footballer Israel Folau has followed through with his plans to sue Queensland Rugby League.

He’s now launched legal action in the Supreme Court, claiming the QRL has unlawfully restrained his ability to work.

It comes after the QRL says they couldn’t allow Folau to play for the Southport Tigers last week because he is still contracted to his former UK Super League club until November.


However, the league did say that if they had permission from the Catalan Dragons, they would approve his registration to play with the tier 3 club.

Folau’s footy return is being funded by Gold Coast billionaire Clive Palmer, who’s believed to be paying Folau around $200,000 to play for Southport Tigers.

Palmer has engaged Sam Iskander from Alexander Law to represent Folau against the QRL.

Iskander released the following statement last week:

“His application for registration with the QRL is being dealt with differently to anyone else who has ever sought registration for the Southport Tigers,” it reads.

“Mr Folau’s now repudiated contract agreement with Catalans has nothing to do with the QRL.

“The QRL is not a party to it and has no rights under it. Likewise, the QRL has no right to discriminate against a player or seek to disadvantage such a player.”