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The NRL has been urged to “take a stand” and ban Israel Folau for good, as rumours about his return continue to swirl.

The Dragons are reportedly attempting to bring Folau back into the game on a two-year deal, with the club submitting an application to the NRL to allow the 31-year-old to play.

Folau caused controversy in 2019 after voicing his discriminatory views on homosexuality, which saw him being stood down from the Wallabies.

Karl Stefanovic said the return was “appalling” and urged the NRL to fight back.

“I think it is an appalling decision by the NRL to allow him back into the code,” Stefanovic said.

“I think it’s way out of line. Given what he said and the hurt he caused. To just somehow then say, ‘you know what, it’s OK because he doesn’t have a platform for his beliefs’.

“He has never apologised for his beliefs. He still believes in that. He still is a homophobe.

“The NRL needs to take a stand on this stuff and they need to take it now… He is not changing his behaviour. He’s not changing his views.

“But let’s let him play because he can’t go on social media? That’s an absolute cop out.”

If Folau returns, he may have some strict conditions, with the Dragons reportedly set to include social media clauses in his contract.

Stefanovic’s co-host Ally Langdon said this is not enough.

“Just looking at his Instagram page this morning, that very offensive quote is still there,” she said.

“And perhaps he won’t now post other offensive remarks such as this. But he still preaches at church…he still holds these beliefs.

“It’s been filmed and it’s still being released. So by bringing him back into the league, I think you are still giving him a platform.”

This article originally appeared on Over60.

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