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.