Rugby Australia will now tear up the multi-million dollar contract of Israel Folau after he elected not to appeal his termination, but he has left the door open for legal action.
Folau was given 72 hours to challenge Friday’s ruling from an independent panel that upheld Rugby Australia’s decision to sack him over controversial social media posts.
But he opted not to fight it, ending his Australian rugby union career.
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“My decision not to commence Rugby Australia’s appeal process is in no way an acceptance of the judicial panel’s findings,” Folau said in a statement.
“I simply do not have confidence in Rugby Australia’s ability to treat me fairly or lawfully throughout this process.”
Folau confirmed he is now considering his options and has not ruled out taking Supreme Court action.
He says there is growing discontent with the way Rugby Australia has handled the saga.
“The messages of support from fans, players, former rugby administrators and the public have been humbling,” he said.
“I believe I still have a lot of rugby left in me and the potential impact of Rugby Australia’s decision on my reputation and my career is substantial.”
“Ultimately, I need to do what is best for my family, my teammates and the fans, so I am considering all potential avenues open to me.”