Folau offered to quit rugby over anti-gay comments

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.

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