Israel Folau’s rugby union career for Australia looks to be over with Rugby Australia announcing it’s their intention to terminate his contract.
Folau has come under fire for repeatedly using is extensive social media reach to condemn and discriminate against people on the basis of their sexuality.
Rugby Australia Chief Executive Raleane Castle and NSW Rugby Union CEO Andrew Hoare released a joint statement confirming that “in the absence of compelling mitigating factors”, Folau’s contract will be terminated.
The 30-year-old has not played in the NRL since 2010, after sensationally quitting the game to play AFL.
Following an unsuccessful stint with the GWS Giants, Folau looked set to return to the NRL with Parramatta but his return was blocked by the NRL and he instead tried his third code.
Few clubs would have the finances available to accommodate Folau and it remains to be seen if the NRL would even consider signing him with his controversial views seemingly opposed by the inclusive NRL code.
“We’re about being inclusive and tolerant, and we believe in that strongly. That’s the future of any game,’ Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter Beattie told the Sydney Morning Herald.