Israel Folau will not play for his new rugby side this weekend – after playing every game so far for the club.
Folau’s new club Shining Arcs Tokyo-Bay Urayasu will take on the Yokoahama Canon Eagles at The NHK Spring Mitsuzawa Football Stadium on Sunday, but he won’t be playing.
The 32-year-old has been key for the Shining Arcs in 2022 so far, scoring two tries to help his side claim victory against the Kobelco Kobe Steelers three weeks ago.
The rangy runner played the 2020 Super League season with the Catalans Dragons, excelling in the role in the south of France, before Folau headed back Down Under at the end of that season.
Still contracted to the Dragons, Folau and his management managed to strike a deal with the French club to release him from his deal as the 32-year-old began a more relaxing bout of his career playing in the Gold Coast leagues with his brothers for the Southport Tigers.
And, in an even more bizarre twist of fate, Folau has put his hat into the politics ring alongside businessman, mining magnate and Southport owner Clive Palmer, which could see the rugby superstar become part of the United Australia Party.
But, there has been no reasoning given for the lack of the 32-year-old fullback in the club’s squad for this weekend’s clash.