French rugby league club Catalans Dragons signed controversial former Australian rugby star Israel Folau on Tuesday, triggering widespread condemnation for hiring a player banned at home for highly publicised homophobic views.
Australian rugby was already in crisis when Raelene Castle took over but the problems refuse to go away for the chief executive — even after ending the Israel Folau anti-gay controversy.
Sacked Israel Folau increased his demand for compensation against Rugby Australia to Aus$14 million (US$9.5 million) Wednesday, claiming that he could have been Wallabies captain.
Sacked Wallabies rugby star Israel Folau Monday sparked outrage by suggesting destructive bushfires and drought ravaging Australia were “God’s judgement” for the legalisation of same-sex marriage and abortion.
Former Wallabies star Israel Folau offered a public apology over his anti-gay social media posts and agreed to allow Rugby Australia to review future posts before uploading them, court documents show.
A fresh fundraising drive for sacked Australia fullback Israel Folau quickly hit the AUS$1 million (US$696,100) mark in donations after it was launched by a Christian lobby yesterday.
Rugby star Israel Folau said his resolve to fight his sacking for homophobic comments had “only been hardened” by criticism as a crowdfunding campaign for his legal fees was shut down yesterday.
Tonga coach Toutai Kefu wants sacked Wallaby Israel Folau to play for the Pacific island nation at the 2023 World Cup and has been in touch about switching allegiances, a report said yesterday.
Israel Folau is set to launch legal action against Rugby Australia this week, a report said yesterday, with the sacked Wallabies fullback saying: “All I ask is to be treated fairly and by the law.”
Israel Folau waived his right to appeal the termination of his contract by Rugby Australia due to a lack of “confidence” in their process, the former Wallabies fullback said yesterday, but he had not ruled out further action against the decision.
The Israel Folau social media furore has proved as divisive in Australia as Colin Kaepernick’s stand against racism in the United States, according to former Wallaby Karmichael Hunt.
Israel Folau moved a step closer to being sacked by Rugby Australia.
Folau is to have his contract terminated after posting a meme on social media that said gay people would go to “hell”.
Australia fullback Israel Folau will return from injury for the NSW Waratahs.
New Zealand Rugby have released an anti-discrimination video celebrating diversity with the hashtag #diversityisstrength.