Israel Folau to challenge Rugby Australia's decision to sack him

Aubrey Yates
April 18, 2019

Castle said Folau was warned formally and repeatedly a year ago about the expectation of him as a Wallabies and Waratahs player in regards to his social media use, following some previous controversial posts, and asserts the gifted back has failed to meet those obligations.

He has been stood down by the Waratahs and his rugby union career in Australia appears over, while a return to his roots in league has been ruled out by the Australian Rugby League.

Folau on Wednesday told Rugby Australia that he would fight the proposed termination of his $4 million contract for sparking public outrage for the second time in 12 months due to social media posts pushing extreme views.

Mr Wilson admitted he had not seen Folau's controversial Instagram post but said his understanding is that Folau did not cross the line.

On Sunday Folau, Super Rugby's record try-scorer, told the Sydney Morning Herald he was ready for life without rugby, saying, "I live for God now". "Whatever He wants me to do, I believe His plans for me are better than whatever I can think".

Others who came out in support of the 30-year-old feel he had been exercising his freedom of expression based on his Christian beliefs. Drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators. Hell Awaits You. Repent! Hell awaits you. Repent!

"I think we are focusing in on a very serious situation and I do commend Israel Folau for speaking as he did and simply being a conduit for God's word".

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The same day, he linked on Twitter a story about Tasmania allowing those ages 16 and over to change their birth certificates or to remove gender from the certificates altogether.

Wallabies fullback Israel Folau is set for a showdown with Rugby Australia (RA) after he was handed a breach notice over his controversial social media post.

"At its core, this is an issue of the responsibilities an employee owes to their employer and the commitments they make to their employer to abide by their employer's policies and procedures and adhere to their employer's values", Castle said. His Instagram bio reads, "Living for Jesus Christ".

Since then the referee has become one of the most decorated in his craft and was awarded with the honour of officiating the 2015 grand final, in which Folau played for the Wallabies.

"I respect someone has the right to have that opinion".

Michael Foust is a freelance writer.

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