Sharks table massive deal for Folau
Folau is yet to sign a new contract with Rugby Australia, with whom he is having much-publicised difficulties with in recent weeks.
While Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle has said there will be no official sanction for Folau’s social media comments over homosexuality, the union’s relationship with the star has soured.
In a fascinating tell-all column for the Players Voice last week, Folau said that he had multiple offers on the table and could easily walk away from Australian Rugby.
“There have been things written about me angling to get a release from my Rugby Australia deal to pursue an NRL contract. That simply isn’t true. There have been rugby offers from the UK, Europe and Japan that are way above anything I could earn in Australia.”
With the continued media storm over Folau, a lucrative move out of Australia could be seen as attractive for the forthright star.
Such a move would however be complicated as his wife – Maria Folau – is a current part of the New Zealand netball team that competed in the Commonwealth Games.
If he were to move to Sale he would be joining up with fellow Wallaby James O’Connor.
Folau said he has offered to walk away from the rugby Australia, if the they felt he was damaging the game in the country.
“I love rugby union. It has allowed me to travel all over the world and meet some fascinating people along the way.
“I do not want to bring hurt to the game and want as many people playing it as possible, so when I spoke to Raelene about walking away, it was to help the game, not harm it, in the event we couldn’t come to an understanding.”