Sacked Australia rugby union international Israel Folau has made a switch back to rugby league with a move to Super League club Catalans Dragons.
Folau reached a settlement with Australia Rugby in December after he was released for writing homophobic posts on social media back in April.
After previously being warned over his social media posts, He was sacked for saying “hell awaits” gay people.
Folau, 30, has signed a one-year deal with the French club.
Both Super League and the RFL said they “deplored” Folau’s previous comments and allowing him in the competition would be a difficult decision.
An RFL Statement read: “The player has not been charged or found guilty of any criminal offence.”
“However distasteful his previous comments, we don’t believe that, under our current regulatory framework, these can prevent his participation in the sport.
“We have sought and received reassurances from both the player and the club regarding future behaviour.”
Folau said he “acknowledged the views expressed by Super League and the Rugby Football League.”
“I’m a proud Christian, my beliefs are personal, my intention is not to hurt anyone and I will not be making further public comment about them,” he said.
“I look forward to my return to the great game of rugby league with the Catalans Dragons.”
Folau is an extremely controversial signing after the NRL ruled out the full-backs return to the top-flight competition in the Southern Hemisphere
He had a distinguished career in the NRL with the Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos and earned representative honours with as a Queensland State of Origin player and Australia international.
As well as a being a star in Rugby League, he also has scored 32 tries in 62 appearances for the Wallabies in the 15-a-side game.