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Folau opts to move to union

Israel Folau.

Israel Folau. Photo: Wolter Peeters

NATIONAL Rugby League salary cap auditor Ian Schubert's approval of a deal for Israel Folau to join Parramatta next season has come too late, with the former AFL convert turning his back on a return to the code to take up a lucrative offer in rugby union.

After weeks of protracted negotiations between the Eels and the NRL, Fairfax Media understands that Schubert had agreed on Wednesday to register a contract for Folau if he accepted an unconditional offer tabled by the club.

It has also been revealed that NRL interim chief executive Shane Mattiske had met with representatives of Folau before his decision to quit AFL and Mattiske has since been helping the Eels address salary cap issues.

But the 23-year-old former Test and origin star stunned Parramatta coach Ricky Stuart and other Eels officials on Friday when he advised them he had decided to accept a bigger offer in rugby union, believed to be from a wealthy French club. ''I don't know where he is going and I don't care,'' one frustrated Parramatta official said. ''It is just so disappointing.''

''This has come as something of a surprise to us today,'' Eels chief executive Ken Edwards said. ''Our offer to Israel was unconditional.''

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