Catalans Dragons have issued an update on the current situation with Australian centre Israel Folau.
Reports from Australia this morning indicated the former rugby union star had not been in touch with the club about his return to France.
Subsequently, rumours started about whether or not he was seeking a move elsewhere. A code switch back to rugby union was what was being discussed.
However, the Dragons confirmed he has stayed behind because of a family issue and COVID restrictions.
They say: “The club and Israel Folau have been in constant dialogue since Christmas regarding a personal family situation.
“This along with Covid restrictions are currently preventing his return to France.”