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Friday, 17 May 2019

Folau breaks silence on Rugby Australia sacking


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Sacked Wallabies star Israel Folau has made his first response after his termination was made official by Rugby Australia on Friday afternoon.

After Rugby Australia chief Raelene Castle notified the media that Folau's four-year, $4 million deal would be torn up, Folau took to the very medium that landed him in hot water in the first place: his Instagram account.

Folau posted a passage from the Bible, the Matthew 6:33 verse which reads, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

https://www.instagram.com/p/BxjoeFtHGpJ/

Speaking to the media on Friday afternoon, Castle admitted that the outcome was a "painful" situation for the game.

"Rugby Australia did not choose to be in this situation, but Rugby Australia’s position remains that Israel, through his actions, left us with no choice but to pursue this course of action," she said.

"This has been an extremely challenging period for Rugby and this issue has created an unwanted distraction in an important year for the sport and for the Wallabies team.

"But our clear message to all Rugby fans today is that we need to stand by our values and the qualities of inclusion, passion, integrity, discipline, respect and teamwork.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BwEWt2uHcLI/

"Israel is a great Rugby player and we are disappointed and saddened by the fact that he will not see out his four-year commitment to the Wallabies and Waratahs."

Rugby Australia arrived at its decision on Friday after the 30-year-old reportedly turned down an offer to compromise which would have seen him charged with a lower level breach if he deleted his original Instagram post.

The ongoing saga is likely to have severe financial ramifications for the already cash-strapped RA, while the Wallabies need to find a way to put the drama behind them, with the World Cup just four months away.

The 30-year-old, who has played 62 Tests for the Wallabies, reportedly remains firm in his belief that he’s being religiously persecuted, hence his expected move to launch court action.

Sacked Wallabies star Israel Folau has made his first response after his termination was made official by Rugby Australia on Friday afternoon.

After Rugby Australia chief Raelene Castle notified the media that Folau's four-year, $4 million deal would be torn up, Folau took to the very medium that landed him in hot water in the first place: his Instagram account.

Folau posted a passage from the Bible, the Matthew 6:33 verse which reads, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

https://www.instagram.com/p/BxjoeFtHGpJ/

Speaking to the media on Friday afternoon, Castle admitted that the outcome was a "painful" situation for the game.

"Rugby Australia did not choose to be in this situation, but Rugby Australia’s position remains that Israel, through his actions, left us with no choice but to pursue this course of action," she said.

"This has been an extremely challenging period for Rugby and this issue has created an unwanted distraction in an important year for the sport and for the Wallabies team.

"But our clear message to all Rugby fans today is that we need to stand by our values and the qualities of inclusion, passion, integrity, discipline, respect and teamwork.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BwEWt2uHcLI/

"Israel is a great Rugby player and we are disappointed and saddened by the fact that he will not see out his four-year commitment to the Wallabies and Waratahs."

Rugby Australia arrived at its decision on Friday after the 30-year-old reportedly turned down an offer to compromise which would have seen him charged with a lower level breach if he deleted his original Instagram post.

The ongoing saga is likely to have severe financial ramifications for the already cash-strapped RA, while the Wallabies need to find a way to put the drama behind them, with the World Cup just four months away.

The 30-year-old, who has played 62 Tests for the Wallabies, reportedly remains firm in his belief that he’s being religiously persecuted, hence his expected move to launch court action.

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