Israel Folau settles legal dispute with Rugby Australia over sacking

Sacked Wallabies star Israel Folau has reached a settlement with Rugby Australia and NSW Rugby after his contract was torn up over a religious post on social media.

But the details of the settlement, including what compensation Folau is getting, are being kept secret.

He had been seeking up to $14 million in damages.


Folau had his contract terminated in May after a panel found him guilty of a high-level breach of the player’s code of controversial social media posts.

It included one with proclaimed that ‘hell awaits drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators’.

The settlement comes following more mediation today after a 12-hour meeting failed to come to a solution on Monday.

In a joint statement Rugby Australia, NSW Rugby and Folau acknowledged the harm the scandal has done.

“The social media post reflected Mr Folau’s genuinely held religious beliefs, and Mr Folau did not intend to harm or offend any person when he uploaded the social media post.

“Mr Folau wants all Australians to know that he does not condone discrimination of any kind against any person on the grounds of their sexuality and that he shares Rugby Australia’s commitment to inclusiveness and diversity.

“Rugby Australia and NSW Rugby do not in any way agree with the content of the social media post. Inclusiveness is one of Rugby;s core values and it welcomes all people to the game, including members of the LGBTI community. While it was not Rugby Australia’s intention, Rugby Australia acknowledges and apologises for any hurt or harm caused to the Folaus.

“Similarly, Mr Folau did not intend to hurt or harm the game of rugby and acknowledges and apologises for any hurt or harm caused.”