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Thursday, 11 April 2019

Folau set to fight for rugby career


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Israel Folau will reportedly fight for his rugby career at a code of conduct hearing, with the Wallabies star refusing to take his sacking lying down after his latest social media posts caused widespread public outrage.

Rugby Australia yesterday made clear that it intended to cut ties with Folau, ripping up his $4 million deal, but after a meeting with Rugby Union Players Association boss Prataal Raj on Friday morning, the under-fire star's next move became clear.

According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, Folau met with RA boss Raelene Castle to inform her that he would be seeking a code of conduct hearing, exercising his right to defend himself before his employment can be terminated.

The report stated that Folau was told in no uncertain terms that RA will use every measure at its disposal to sack the leading try-scorer in Super Rugby history for his homophobic online diatribe.

Folau is contracted until the end of 2022 and with the NRL declaring it would block his path to a return to the sport that turned him into a star, his only options to continue his career, should RA follow through with its intention to sack him, would take him overseas.

It is understood that Folau does not want to move abroad.

According to the statement released by RA on Thursday, Folau must show "compelling mitigating factors" for his actions in order to avoid the sack.

"Rugby is a sport that continuously works to unite people," the statement, attributed to Castle, read.

"We want everyone to feel safe and welcome in our game and no vilification based on race, gender, religion or sexuality is acceptable.

Israel Folau spotted in Sydney

"As a code we have made it clear to Israel formally and repeatedly that any social media posts or commentary that is in any was distressful to people because of their sexuality will result in disciplinary action.

"In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract".

RA is due to front the media over the Folau saga later today.

Israel Folau will reportedly fight for his rugby career at a code of conduct hearing, with the Wallabies star refusing to take his sacking lying down after his latest social media posts caused widespread public outrage.

Rugby Australia yesterday made clear that it intended to cut ties with Folau, ripping up his $4 million deal, but after a meeting with Rugby Union Players Association boss Prataal Raj on Friday morning, the under-fire star's next move became clear.

According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, Folau met with RA boss Raelene Castle to inform her that he would be seeking a code of conduct hearing, exercising his right to defend himself before his employment can be terminated.

The report stated that Folau was told in no uncertain terms that RA will use every measure at its disposal to sack the leading try-scorer in Super Rugby history for his homophobic online diatribe.

Folau is contracted until the end of 2022 and with the NRL declaring it would block his path to a return to the sport that turned him into a star, his only options to continue his career, should RA follow through with its intention to sack him, would take him overseas.

It is understood that Folau does not want to move abroad.

According to the statement released by RA on Thursday, Folau must show "compelling mitigating factors" for his actions in order to avoid the sack.

"Rugby is a sport that continuously works to unite people," the statement, attributed to Castle, read.

"We want everyone to feel safe and welcome in our game and no vilification based on race, gender, religion or sexuality is acceptable.

Israel Folau spotted in Sydney

"As a code we have made it clear to Israel formally and repeatedly that any social media posts or commentary that is in any was distressful to people because of their sexuality will result in disciplinary action.

"In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract".

RA is due to front the media over the Folau saga later today.

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