Israel Folau recently turned out for his new rugby union side, the Shining Arcs in Japan’s League One, as the competition kicked off with one of the most-talked about athletes ever known in the oval ball game.
And, there’s little wonder why Folau has the incredible media attention considering the lucrative deal that the Japanese side is paying the former Catalans Dragons star.
His new side – the Shining Arcs – are a Japanese club based in Tokyo Bay, and more importantly, are of the 15-a-side code variety.
That means that Folau has left rugby league behind after a short hiatus from union following his sacking in 2019 by Rugby Australia for homophobic comments.
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, now the Courier Mail has revealed just how much Folau is getting paid by his new side.
The figure is $1,8 million over two seasons, which equates to just over £950,000 for the two years and therefore around £475,000 per year – not a bad wage to earn!
More than that though, Folau also has a special clause included, according to The Roar which has reported that his contract has “a clause that he will not post religious messages on his social media account.”
As such, the Israel Folau Twitter account has been silent since April 2019.