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Israel Folau returns to the clash of the rugby union after signing for the Japanese Shining Arcs

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In 2019, Folau reached an agreement with Rugby Australia after being fired by an Instagram post in which he said “hell is waiting” for homosexuals.

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

Folau, a devout Christian, made 73 appearances for the Australian rugby team, but last year he returned to the rugby league, signing for the Catalan Super League Dragons.

The movement was strongly condemned both from the world of rugby and from society at large.

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

Folau’s new team, NTT Communications Shining Arcs, plays in Japan’s Top League.

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

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