Ex-Wallaby Israel Folau is ready to make his Super League debut next Saturday after being included in the Catalan Dragons’ 21-man squad to face Castleford. 

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The controversial 30-year-old, who had his contract terminated by Rugby Australia following homophobic remarks last year, has turned to rugby league to get back into professional sport.

The announcement he was joining the Dragons caused an immediate backlash with one club, Wigan Warriors, even designating their home match with the French-based team next month as their official Pride Day.

Despite the criticism, Folau slipped into France two weekends ago and after Catalan’s game last weekend at Wakefield fell victim to Storm Ciara, he is now set to make a debut at home in Perpignan. 

Folau’s last match of any kind was a Super Rugby game for the Waratahs versus the Blues last April, but the Dragons are hopeful he can now quickly dust off the cobwebs and get going on the pitch.

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