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 Israel Folau’s career is with Rugby Australia is over

18.05.19. It’s all Folau’s fault!
It all depends on your point of view. Israel Folau’s future with Rugby Australia appears to be over. Some say he broke the terms of his contract and should be sacked. Others hope Mr Folau takes RA to court and does them serious financial harm. Other worrying concerns about this affair are: the acumen of the board, particularly that of chief executive Raelene Castle who stupidly said, “There are certainly impacts from a legal perspective and legal costs and that’s the very difficult thing in here … it wasn’t Rugby Australia that put ourselves in this situation,” Ms Castle said. “It was Mr Folau that put us in this situation and we had to ­respond to that to protect the ­integrity and values of Rugby Australia.” Also, what part if any did leprechaun of Qantas play?
Source: ABC

Israel Folau’s rugby union contract terminated as punishment for players’ code of conduct breach

Israel Folau’s Australian rugby union career appears over, after a three-person panel ordered that the Wallabies star’s four-year contract be terminated as punishment for his breach of the players’ code of conduct.

The panel, which this month ruled that Folau was guilty of a “high-level breach” of the players’ code over his controversial Instagram posts, including one proclaiming hell awaits “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters”, decided to rip up the 30-year-old’s four-year, $4 million contract.
Rugby Australia (RA) chief executive Raelene Castle said the decision had not been directly communicated to Folau.
‘No more finances and money coming’
Israel Folau spoke about worrying about finances “for the first time” in over a decade as he awaited a decision on the future of his rugby career.
“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 the course of action resulting in today’s outcome,” Castle said.
“People need to feel safe and welcomed in the game, regardless of their race, background or sexuality.”
Castle confirmed Folau has 72 hours to appeal the decision, but would not comment on reports he plans to take the case to the Supreme Court.
She said the Wallabies star knew his social media posts would have wider implications “when he pressed that button”.
“This is a decision that will change the landscape for sport across Australia and perhaps internationally,” she said.
“It will be landmark, it will be important, and it is a big decision.
“He is a very important player in our game and he has been for a long period of time and we wanted to make sure we took the time to get it right.”
Folau maintains he is doing his ‘duty as a Christian’
Folau released a statement on Friday evening saying he was “deeply saddened” by the decision, and that he was considering his options.
“It has been a privilege and an honour to represent Australia and my home state of New South Wales, playing the game I love,” Folau said.
“As Australians, we are born with certain rights, including the right to freedom of religion and the right to freedom of expression.
“The Christian faith has always been a part of my life and I believe it is my duty as a Christian to share God’s word.
“Upholding my religious beliefs should not prevent my ability to work or play for my club and country.”
Folau thanked his family, particularly wife Maria, “for her love and encouragement to stay true to our beliefs”.
The former Wallaby also thanked those who defended his right to express his beliefs, despite not sharing them.
“We have been humbled by the support we have received from family, friends, players, fans and the wider community,” he said.
“Thank you also to those who have spoken out in my defence, some of whom do not share my beliefs but have defended my right to express them.”
Folau’s football future in limbo
Folau, who played 73 Tests for the Wallabies, fronted a three-person tribunal at the beginning of May, comprising of chair John West, Rugby Australia’s representative, Kate Eastman, and the Rugby Union Players’ Association-appointed John Boultbee.
The 30-year-old was stood down by RA last month in the wake of his social media posts.
‘These kids in the suburbs are killing themselves’
He was then issued with a code of conduct breach notice recommending his four-year contract worth a $4 million be terminated, which he decided to challenge.
Folau’s professional sporting career is now in limbo, with a move to European or Japanese club rugby union hardly guaranteed.
A move back to the NRL, where his professional career began back in 2007, was ruled out last month when the league said the Australia and Queensland rugby league representative did not pass the code’s “inclusiveness culture”.
Castle said she could not foresee Folau playing for New South Wales or Australia again “while the post remains up and he is unapologetic for his actions”.
‘We will continue to support them’
Rugby Australia may face a potential backlash from Polynesian players, after Wallabies prop Taniela Tupou claimed all Pacific Islanders “might as well just be sacked” owing to their religious beliefs in the wake of the Folau controversy.
Rugby Australia is facing a potential Polynesian player mutiny after one of the Wallabies’ most exciting prospects claimed all Pacific Islanders “might as well just be sacked” owing to their religious beliefs.
Tupou earlier this month expressed his support for the under-fire Folau on Facebook, but Castle said she was confident players understood that everyone has a right to their own religious beliefs.
“As long as they continue to express them in a respectful way we will continue to support them,” she said.
“The expectation is that everybody is entitled to their own differing beliefs and views on all manner of subjects.
“But if you are going to express them as an employee of an organisation, when you have signed a contract that clearly sets out the expectations of the values of that code, you must abide by that contract and if you don’t, it is a breach of contract and your contract could be terminated.”
Castle said the league had many players who quoted the Bible on their social media platforms, noting Rugby Australia was “completely supportive of that”.

{ 17 comments… add one }
  • luk1955 18/05/2019, 6:41 am

    These “codes of conduct” are a way of enshrining islam into Australian way of life and converting Australia into a moozie shithole of a nation. They remove freedom of speech from anyone who agrees to the codes. The codes are a branch of fascism in which corporations rule us and tell us what we can do and say. They really are a statement by the powers that be that we can only hold their opinion, and that our minds belong to the fascist bastard companies. They are a direct challenge to our Constitution and as such are hugely illegal.

    • Sir Peter 18/05/2019, 12:18 pm

      Especially corporations, like QuaintArse, run by a faggot leprechaun.

  • Tony W 18/05/2019, 7:06 am

    Castle said, “People need to feel safe and welcomed in the game”
    Israel Folau, threatened nobody, not a sole.
    Castle, “It will be landmark, it will be important, and it is a big decision” – wrong – a stupid vindictive decision, important in Castles view only, landmark yes, because this issue should be the catalyst to remove these grovelling sports anarchical admin flogs from all-sports.
    Castle and Beatty are a blight on Australia; not just the sport of Rugby Union!

    • Aktosplatz 18/05/2019, 8:20 am

      “Soul” not “Sole” (which is a fish)

      • Botswana O'Hooligan 18/05/2019, 10:01 am

        “Sole” is apt in this instance since that fish symbol is a sign of God botherers and when sighted on motor vehicles is a warning to stay clear. Of course, hat wearers tell us the same thing but generally they are non religious types. There is a bloke of Celestial persuasion up the road who wears a hat and has a fish sign on his car and I always feel sorry for that car when I walk past for there is hardly a square inch on it free from dents and scratches.

      • Tony W 18/05/2019, 11:15 am

        Thanks for the pickup Aktosplatz; much obliged…

    • Bwana Neusi 18/05/2019, 11:40 am

      The Kiwi trojan horse has succeeded in laying RA low. She follows in the footsteps of that Kiwi coach.
      How dum is RA for allowing this sabotage by the Kiwis and Irish Poofter Brigade?

      • Sir Peter 18/05/2019, 12:21 pm

        Dear God, please let Israel appeal the sacking and win. Let him sue RA for millions and win. Let Ratshit Castle get fired and NEVER get another job as long as she lives. Let this be an extremely short time.

  • Eliza 18/05/2019, 8:40 am

    Folau has more dignity in his little finger than this she wolf. I read his statement on Michael Smith News last night and was so very impressed with this young mans dignified reply to his sacking. I hope that whatever battle he fights he will win big because basically he is fighting the alan joyeces of this world.
    I love Rugby of all codes but in particular Union but I will never watch another game played by this joyce team.

    • Botswana O'Hooligan 18/05/2019, 10:08 am

      Soon none of us will have any sport to watch if these bloody do gooders keep acting the way they do. This is a classical lose, lose, situation for RA, Israel, and the public for it could have been handled differently.

      • Bwana Neusi 18/05/2019, 11:44 am

        Enter Pink Tutus, Feather dusters and rainbow socks. But wait we could have a “Transgender Indigenous Gay only” round in our sports, not to mention transgender blokes in the ladies teams.

  • nev 18/05/2019, 9:16 am

    Raelene Castle may look like and display the intellect of a number 8 lock who has had his head between to many bums……. but that’s his job.
    So when Rugby Australia thought they were too smart by half and made one their CEO the writing was on the wall.
    Reap what you sow you Wankers! Welcome to the AFL delusion, you are now as much a sport as Islam is a religion.
    I’m with Jonesy. Hope he sues and wins.

  • Ex ADF 18/05/2019, 1:06 pm

    I am a non believer of religion, but I do respect the rights of its proponents to speak out. It is a shame that those who should be speaking out in defence of Folau’s Christian stance and the words in their holy book have gone AWOL, ie, the various old men in dresses and funny hats who frequent the remaining few churches that have attendees. Accordingly I hope that Folau takes down the Rugby establishment in court.

  • Penguinite 18/05/2019, 2:17 pm

    Well done Israel Folau! Our thoughts and prayers are with YOU! Please don’t give up! This matter must be decided, once and for all, for Australia! Not just Rugby or any sport! For Australia and it may even set a precedent for your rugby playing colleagues in the Pacific Region and Australia. Does anyone think for one second that a North American sports person would be so compromised by a rabid sponsor!

  • OPA 18/05/2019, 2:59 pm

    So, what it boils down to is that if he had left the homosexuals off his list no one would have cared what he said? What makes these deviants so special it is forbidden to warn them of their inevitable judgement to come? Why worry if you don’t believe God is there waiting for you within the next few decades? By the way science has proved that the universe is continually expanding. That means it had a beginning sometime way back. Folau believes it is God who started it. Raelene and the rest of Rugby Australia believe in, what godless scientists call the ‘Big Bang!’ Now that’s really an intelligent alternative, is it? But I get it, the Big Bang just luuuves homosexuals and lets them rot in their graves when the time comes! What a relief! Good thing they banned Folau for not believing in the ‘Big Bang!’ Idiots!!!

  • bushwanker 18/05/2019, 3:51 pm

    I sincerely hope that Folau takes High Court action and wins big time. About time that gutless prick Beattie was put back in his box.
    As for Castle, well she deserves a special place in hell alongside Jacinda Ardern.

  • Rubyred 18/05/2019, 5:02 pm

    I also will not ever watch the Rugby again. I don’t believe in an Australian team ruled by Beattie and his Christian hating colleagues. He bungles everything he touches just like his Socialist mates. I admire Israel for standing up for his Christian principles and hope he sues these lefty parasites. How do all of these failed Socialist politicians get these high paying jobs. God help Australia if the Shorten mob get in. Gillard left all these “time bombs” in place when she was booted out. She gave $30 million dollars to this Global Education crowd and then, lo and behold, she ends up as it’s CEO. Why on earth did Jeff Kennett, a so called Conservative, appoint Gillard as CEO of Beyond Blue? No wonder the ordinary thinking Australian no longer trusts politicians.

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