Confirming the path many thought he would take, Israel Folau has recently launched legal action.
The sacked former rugby international has launched legal proceedings with the Fair Work Commission against Rugby Australia and the Waratahs for breach of contract.
Folau’s lawyers say that under the Fair Work Act it is unlawful to terminate employment on the basis of religion. Folau is seeking up to $10 million in damages in a move that could potentially bankrupt Rugby Australia.
The damages sought comprise lost earnings of around $5 million, plus lost opportunities and sponsorships.
“I will forever be grateful and proud to have played the sport I love for our nation,” Folau said in a statement.
“Ours is an amazing country built on important principles, including freedom of religion. A nation made up of so many different faiths and cultural backgrounds will never be truly rich unless this freedom applies to all of us,” he said.
“The messages of support we have received over these difficult few weeks have made me realise there are many Australians who feel their fundamental rights are being steadily eroded.
“No Australian of any faith should be fired for practising their religion.”
Meanwhile, according to nzherald.co.nz…
Israel Folau’s secret meeting with the Brisbane Broncos revealed
Israel Folau may have some options after his exile from Rugby Union with reports the Brisbane Broncos held a meeting with the star.
Folau’s door back into the game that started it all could be ajar despite the ARL Commission saying it was closed for good.
“Our position on Israel Folau remains the same,” ARL Commission chairman Peter Beattie told AAP.
“We are an inclusive game with respect for all. Israel has social media posts online that go against what our game stands for.
“As it stands, he will not be considered for registration. What Israel chooses to do in relation to his social media posts and his faith is a matter for him.”
But according to Triple M, the former Wallaby met with the Broncos at their training base.
“You know who was having a meeting at the Broncos last week?” asked Ben Dobbin on Triple M.
“In the coffee shop at the Broncos, Israel Folau was having a meeting with the management of the Brisbane Broncos last week on Origin Wednesday.”
Folau started his career in 2007 with the Melbourne Storm before moving to the Broncos in 2009 and 2010 before switching over to join the GWS Giants where he played 13 games over a two season span.