Rugby League ESL - Catalan - News, Signings and Departures

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Date: Saturday, 15 February Kick-off: 17:00 GMT Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus

Israel Folau could make his Super League debut on Saturday after being named in Catalans Dragons' 21-man squad to face Castleford Tigers in Perpignan.

Cross-code international Folau was sacked by Rugby Australia last year for a homophobic post on social media.

The 30-year-old has been training with the French side for almost two weeks.

He will excel in the ESL.
 

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Catalans Dragons (20) 36
Tries: S Tomkins 3, Folau, Langi, Yaha Goals: Maloney 6
Castleford Tigers (12) 18
Tries: Olpherts, Blair, Clare Goals: Richardson 3

Israel Folau scored six minutes into his Super League debut as Catalans Dragons ended Castleford's 100% start.

In his first league game in 10 years, Folau's try came after catching a high kick and was cheered by the home crowd.

Leading 20-12 at the break the French side impressed in the second half, with Sam Tomkins completing a hat-trick.

It was a first victory of the season for Steve McNamara's team, who were beaten in the opening round by Huddersfield and had their game at Wakefield called off last weekend.
 

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Catalans Dragons prop Julian Bousquet has signed a new three-year deal with the Super League club.

The France international, 28, who has made 171 Super League appearances for Catalans, will remain in Perpignan until the end of the 2023 season.
 

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Catalans (18) 30
Tries: Whitley 2, McIlorum, Yaha, Tierney
Goals: Maloney 4
Salford (0) 14
Tries: Sio 2, Evalds
Goals: Lolohea, Sio

Catalans Dragons kept their heads to win in Perpignan with two late touchdowns after allowing Salford to come from 18-0 down at half-time.

Two first-half tries from Matt Whitley to add to an early score from Wigan old boy Michael McIlorum earned the Dragons a comfortable half-time cushion.

Full-back Niall Evalds crossed, and two tries for winger Ken Sio brought Salford to within a score at 20-14.

But Fouad Yaha and Lewis Tierney came up with match-clinching late tries.

Catalans, who lost two games earlier this season in a weather-hit start, have now won three times in four Super League matches - enough to lift them to sixth, within two points of four-way leaders Leeds Rhinos, Wigan, Castleford and Huddersfield.

Wigan will be the first to reach the 10-point mark this season if they win at home to strugglers Hull KR on Sunday.