Catalans Dragons President Bernard Guasch was unable to attend a Super League club meeting in Salford, where the main topic of discussion was his controversial signing of Israel Folau.
Guasch instead stayed in France to deal with a commercial problem even though other clubs had specifically requested his presence.
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In signing the double international code, the French club ignored the will of both the Super League and the Rugby Football League. Folau was fired from Rugby Australia last May for posting homophobic comments on social media.
Hull president KR Neil Hudgell wrote a letter to the Catalans warning them of possible legal consequences in the event that his club lost financially due to his presence in the Folau Super League.
Guasch, who defended his club’s decision to deliver a 12-month contract to the Australian, expected to attend the regular AJ Bell Stadium meeting.
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Folau arrived in Perpignan from Australia over the weekend to begin training with his new teammates ahead of Sunday’s second round at Wakefield.
The former Waratah full-back or winger hasn’t played rugby since last April and 10 years have passed since his last league game, but the Catalans are running out of backs and coach Steve McNamara may be tempted to name him in his 21-man squad Friday.
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