Folau and Rugby Australia set for Federal Court showdown

SACKED sports star Israel Folau and Rugby Australia are headed to the Federal Court after conciliation failed at the Fair Work Commission.

Folau, 30, is arguing the termination of his contract over a social media post in which he said homosexuals among other sinners were going to hell was unlawful.

The embattled former Wallaby player faced a mediation session with Rugby Australia in Sydney on Friday morning but was unable to reach a resolution.


Folau and the sport’s governing body are now set for a high-stakes showdown in the Federal Court.

Speaking to reporters outside the Fair Work Commission after talks broke down, Folau’s solicitor George Haros said his client was “disappointed” they could not reach an agreement.

“It appears as though, unless thing change, we’re going to be heading to court,” Haros said.

Folau made a brief statement and did not take questions.

“Very, very disappointed by the outcome today,” he said. “I’d like to thank those who’ve supported me throughout this time. I’ll continue to stand up for the freedoms of all Australians.”

The ABC is reporting Folau may be seeking up to $10 million from Rugby Australia following his sacking.