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Israel Folau considering options after deciding not to appeal

The 30-year-old had his contract terminated by Rugby Australia.

Israel Folau chose not to appeal against his sacking (Lynne Cameron/PA)
Israel Folau chose not to appeal against his sacking (Lynne Cameron/PA)

Israel Folau has chosen not to appeal against Rugby Australia’s decision to terminate his contract over controversial social media posts, but the former Wallabies star said he was still considering “all potential avenues”.

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Folau’s £2.15million, four-year deal was ripped up on Friday after an independent panel backed RA’s position that the comments he made on April 10 warranted his sacking rather than a fine or suspension.

The 30-year-old devout Christian said on his Instagram account that “hell awaits” for “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolaters” in a post that remains visible.

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Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him. _______________ Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these , adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19‭-‬21 KJV _______________ Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38 KJV _______________ And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Acts 17:30 KJV _______________

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Folau had 72 hours to trigger a fresh code of conduct hearing but Rugby Australia said it had not been contacted by Folau and the process had now formally concluded.

“With the Code of Conduct matter complete, Folau’s employment contract will be terminated,” the statement added.

Folau swiftly responded to say his decision was in “no way an acceptance of the judicial panel’s findings”.

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Folau is considering his options (David Davies/PA)

“The last few weeks and, in particular, the last 72 hours have given me considerable opportunity to reflect and think about my future,” he said in a statement.

“I simply do not have confidence in Rugby Australia’s ability to treat me fairly or lawfully throughout this process.

“The messages of support from fans, players, former rugby administrators and the public have been humbling.”

I simply do not have confidence in Rugby Australia’s ability to treat me fairly or lawfully throughout this process

A report in Australia last week suggested Folau will pursue a different route by taking RA to the Supreme Court.

“I believe I still have a lot of rugby left in me and the potential impact of Rugby Australia’s decision on my reputation and my career is substantial,” Folau added.

“Ultimately, I need to do what is best for my family, my teammates and the fans, so I am considering all potential avenues open to me.”

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