Rugby player Israel Folau sells off more real estate as the football star lists $2million Queensland retreat
By Kinta Walsh-cotton For Daily Mail Australia
13:25 18 Aug 2023, updated 14:04 18 Aug 2023
The rugby star, 34, bought the three-bedroom country-style property in 2021 for $1.5million when he took it off the hands of mining executive Nathan Tinkler.
After renovating the 10 acre ‘semirural escape’, the Urayasu D-Rocks fullback flipped the property with a price guide of $1.75-1.95million, reported Domain on Friday.
The outback-style home sits on a sprawling section of land covered in native Australian flora and fauna.
A deep shaded verandah overlooks the property with the renovated interior boasting polished floors, a provincial-style kitchen and a servery window.
McGrath Estate Agents Paddington will handle the sale of the property with their agents Alex Jordon and Zac Ryan.
It’s the second property Israel is believed to have sold off in two months after the Japan-based athlete listed a Little Bay investment property for $1.15million in July.
With his Kenthurst estate bought for $3.8million more than a year ago and his Liverpool house sold last year, the footy star is believed to have a property portfolio worth over $8million.
It comes after Israel was briefly set to rejoin the NRL with the St George-Illawarra Dragons in February 2021.
But the club suddenly backed off the deal, apparently over fears its main sponsor, St George Bank, was unhappy with the signing after the evangelical made homophobic comments online.
Rumours swirled about behind-the-scenes discussions to work out how Israel could find his way back into the NRL, where it was believed he wants to again play.
One conclusion suggested he could return via the back door by progressing from a team in the second-tier Queensland Cup competition – which the NRL has no jurisdiction over.
Queensland rugby league chairman Bruce Hatcher was quoted by news.com.au saying there will ‘be no legal impediment to the guy playing again’ – though he also conceded there could be a backlash.
Any backlash appears unlikely to come from NRL fans.
A survey, admittedly commissioned by the Australian Christian Lobby, in April 2021 found 69 per cent of NRL fans would support Israel’s return to the competition.