Israel Folau Challenges Rugby Australia's Breach Notice

Paola Ditto
Апреля 17, 2019

RA CEO Raelene Castle issued the notice on Monday, giving Folau 48 hours to respond.

It was not the first time that the Australian global had expressed such a belief.

Welsh referee Nigel Owens has weighed in on Israel Folau's homophobic outburst and Billy Vunipola's decision to come out on social media and defend the Australian.

Rugby Australia announced it was dropping the star player last Thursday, after the three-time John Eales Medal victor made two religious-themed posts claiming gay and transgender people were bound for hell, along with alcoholics and worshipers of false idols.

Mitchell's tweet was posted in response to the development that Folau would challenge Rugby Australia's attempts to sack him, via a code of conduct hearing in coming weeks.

The RA Integrity Unit deemed that Folau had committed a high-level breach of the Professional Players' Code of Conduct warranting termination of his employment contract.

The hearing will involve a representative of RA, a representative of the players' union RUPA and an independent person given the green light from both organisations. The body has to weigh up the fact that it's a World Cup year with the fact Folau was seriously cautioned last year for essentially doing the exact same thing. The report says the lack of social media clauses are central to his defence.

"After the date for the hearing is confirmed Rugby Australia and the NSW Rubgy Union will make no further comment on the matter until the Code of Conduct process has concluded".

Owens, who is gay, said high-profile players such as under-fire Wallabies star Folau need to understand the influence they have over young, vulnerable people in particular.

Folau - who has played at an elite level in three different football codes - had said in February that playing in the tournament was a key reason why he had re-signed with the Wallabies and Waratahs.

On Sunday he struck a different tone when he told the Sydney Morning Herald that he was ready for life without rugby, saying, "I live for God now".

"Whatever His will is, whether that's to continue playing or not, I'm more than happy to do what He wants me to do", Folau said.

From those comments, Folau appears to be suggesting he is done with rugby.

"It's up to Todd (Greenberg), really, and from what Todd's come out and said about how they've backed up same-sex marriage, I don't think that will be allowed", Marshall told NRL 360 on Fox League.

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