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Thursday, 16 May 2019

Folau reportedly sacked by Rugby Australia


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Rugby Australia has reportedly sacked Israel Folau after the star was found guilty of a “high level” breach over last month’s controversial Instagram post.

RA chief executive Raelene Castle will front the media shortly where she is expected to announce that Folau’s four-year, $4m contract will be torn up. Folau is likely to fight the decision in the Supreme Court.

The 30-year-old’s career has been in the balance since his April 10 post that suggested homosexuals, among others, would go to hell.

Last week the panel of John West QC, Kate Eastman SC and John Boultbee SC found Folau guilty of a high-level breach, which is the only level that allowed for his contract to be terminated.

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Folau reportedly turned down a compromise offer from RA that would have seen him charged with a lower level breach if he deleted the post, and the fullback also rejected a $1 million settlement after he was found guilty.

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.

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.

Folau has a number of high-profile supporters, led by former Wallabies coach Alan Jones who wrote in The Australian that the RA board should resign because of their “mindless prosecution” of Folau.

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Rugby Australia has reportedly sacked Israel Folau after the star was found guilty of a “high level” breach over last month’s controversial Instagram post.

RA chief executive Raelene Castle will front the media shortly where she is expected to announce that Folau’s four-year, $4m contract will be torn up. Folau is likely to fight the decision in the Supreme Court.

The 30-year-old’s career has been in the balance since his April 10 post that suggested homosexuals, among others, would go to hell.

Last week the panel of John West QC, Kate Eastman SC and John Boultbee SC found Folau guilty of a high-level breach, which is the only level that allowed for his contract to be terminated.

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

Folau reportedly turned down a compromise offer from RA that would have seen him charged with a lower level breach if he deleted the post, and the fullback also rejected a $1 million settlement after he was found guilty.

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.

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.

Folau has a number of high-profile supporters, led by former Wallabies coach Alan Jones who wrote in The Australian that the RA board should resign because of their “mindless prosecution” of Folau.

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