(Reuters) – Former Wallabies fullback Israel Folau will return to rugby union next season after agreeing to join Top League side NTT Communications, the Japanese team said on Monday.
Dual code international Folau resumed his career in Australia last week after he was registered to play for amateur rugby league club Southport Tigers.
The 32-year-old will join up his former coach at the New South Wales Waratahs Rob Penney, who was named NTT’s director of rugby.
Folau played rugby league for Australia before switching to Australian Rules in 2011, jumping codes once again to rugby union in 2013.
A fundamentalist Christian, Folau had his Wallabies and Super Rugby deals terminated in 2019 after posting a meme that said hell awaited “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers” and others.
Flyhalf Otere Black, who left the Auckland Blues, has also joined NTT, the team said.
(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengalurul; Editing by Peter Rutherford)