Israel Folau (Tongan: Isileli Folau; born 3 April 1989) is a former Australian professional rugby league footballer.
He was a rugby union player who most recently played for the New South Wales Waratahs in Super Rugby.
He has previously played rugby league and Australian rules football.
In 2019, he became the record holder for most tries scored in Super Rugby history.Folau played rugby league for the Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League (NRL) from 2007 to 2008, where he broke the record for most tries in a debut year.
He then played with the Brisbane Broncos from 2009 to 2010.
Playing as a wing or centre, Folau represented Queensland in the State of Origin and Australia, becoming the youngest player to play for both teams.
In 2011, Folau joined the Greater Western Sydney Giants in the Australian Football League (AFL) and played for two seasons.
In December 2012, Folau announced he was to switch codes again, this time for rugby union, and signed a one-year contract with the Waratahs.
He made his international debut for Australia in 2013 against the British & Irish Lions.
"Israel Folau Street" was named in his honour on October 2010 in a suburb of Goodna, Ipswich, Queensland where Folau played junior rugby league.Folau's statements about what he understands the Bible to say about same-sex marriage and homosexuality brought him into conflict with the administrators of Rugby Australia, and in 2019 they terminated his contract.
Folau commenced proceedings in the Fair Work Commission but was unable to reach a settlement with Rugby Australia; he subsequently commenced proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and a confidential settlement between the two parties was released on 4 December 2019.