Wallabies star Israel Folau has revealed he offered Rugby Australia bosses the chance to sack him over controversial anti-gay comments on social media.
It comes after Folau said on Instagram that God’s plan for gay people was “hell’.
Folau was summoned to a meeting with Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle and New South Wales Rugby boss Andrew Hore last week.
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Writing for Player’s Voice, Folau has revealed he offered to quit the game.
“After we’d all talked, I told Raelene if she felt the situation had become untenable – that I was hurting Rugby Australia, its sponsors and the Australian rugby community to such a degree that things couldn’t be worked through – I would walk away from my contract, immediately,” he wrote.
But Folau, who is off contract at the end of the year and has been linked to a return to the NRL, denies it was about boosting his bargaining power.
“There have been things written about me angling to get a release from my Rugby Australia deal to pursue an NRL contract. That simply isn’t true.”
“It’s about what I believe in and never compromising that because my faith is far more important to me than my career and always will be.”
Folau also criticised comments made by Castle at a media conference following their meeting, claiming the rugby boss misrepresented his position.