Folau named in Catalan squad
Israel Folau has been named in the squad for the Catalans Dragons as he awaits a final decision on selection after training on Friday night Australian time.
The cross code champion looks set for his return to rugby league with his first professional game since April last year.
The 30-year-old's recruitment to the French club has sparked controversy, with opposition clubs angry at his move to Europe.
He missed the club's game against Wakefield last week amid a planned protest from gay rights groups.
However he could be set for a home debut against Castleford Tigers at the Stade de Brutus in the south of France.
The Catalans Dragons picked him up for the bargain price of $400,000 per year after he was sacked by Rugby Australia for homophobic comments on social media.
The club has wrapped him up in cotton wool and cancelled a press conference.
He has remained in "unbelievable" condition according to Catalans coach Steve McNamara.
News Corp Australia understands he remains at his playing weight.
Folau would be a handy addition to the side, which has been hit by injuries.
He has joined Sonny Bill Williams in the UK based Super League.
Williams is playing for the league's other international side the Toronto Wolfpack.
He will miss this weekend's match because he has returned to New Zealand for the expected birth of his fourth child.