Folau to take Rugby Australia to court over sacking

Sacked rugby star Israel Folau has begun court proceedings against Rugby Australia and the NSW Waratahs.

The move comes after he failed to reach a settlement during mediation talks at the Fair Work Commission last month.

Folau had his RA contract torn up over social media posts where he used quotes from the Bible to condemn homosexuals, adulterers, thieves, atheists and drunks.


He’s seeking $10 million in damages and wants his contract reinstated.

Folau says his hand has been forced after the talks failed.

“Unfortunately, our conciliation before the Fair Work Commission did not resolve the matters between us and I have been left with no choice but to commence court action.

“I have been blessed to have received the support of tens of thousands of Australians throughout my journey, and I want to say thank you to everyone who has offered their prayers and support.

“It has meant so much to Maria and me over the last few months and gives us strength for the road ahead.”

Folau has raised more than $2 million to fund his legal challenge following a campaign by the Australian Christian Lobby after a GoFundMe page was taken down.