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League legend 'wouldn't have a problem' with Israel Folau's NRL return

Rugby league legend Andrew Johns wouldn't have any issue with embattled star Israel Folau returning to the NRL, should he leave rugby union.

With Folau facing a battle to save his rugby career after another homophobic social media post, the 30-year old is legally challenging his sacking at the hands of Rugby Australia.

However, while the Australian Rugby League have drawn a line through any potential Folau return to the 13-man code, Johns - widely regarded as one of the best to ever play the game - says that the former Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm star should be allowed to come back to the NRL.

"I wasn't offended, personally, I couldn't care less what Israel's beliefs are," Johns told Channel Nine.

"If he does leave rugby union, I wouldn't have a problem if he came back to rugby league."

Johns did go on to say that at Folau's age and considering time spent away from the NRL, any prospective return would be unfeasable for a club to risk.

"In the position Israel plays, he couldn't play fullback, he's not fit enough to play fullback the way they play these days. At the back they organise so much."

"I think he'd be a centre and to pay a centre over a million dollars it's a hell of a lot of money.

"[So] he won't come back to rugby league; there's no chance."

Israel Folau (Melbourne Storm) heads for the line. Source: Photosport


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