Israel Folau settles legal dispute with Rugby Australia over sacking

Tanya Simon
December 5, 2019

Rugby Australia (RA) has avoided a costly and potentially embarrassing legal trial after reaching a settlement agreement with sacked Wallaby Israel Folau.

"I understand that not everyone shares my faith and some find it hard to reconcile with their own beliefs", Folau said in a video posted on his website before the meeting.

The Daily Telegraph reported that Folau received $8 million in the payout.

The RLIF's decisions could have far-reaching ramifications for the Pacific team.

"We have been vindicated and can now move on with our lives to focus on our faith and our family", he said.

"We needed to give the game cost-certainty", Castle said.

Addressing media at RA HQ on Thursday, Castle said the national body was covered by insurance but couldn't discuss to what extent.

Raelene Castle spoke to 1 NEWS about the biggest challenge of her Rugby Australian role - dealing with Folau.

The former Wallaby has reached a secret settlement with Rugby Australia and New South Wales Rugby.

The pair have settled out of court, however the dollar figure on that settlement hasn't been released.

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Folau, the 30-year-old son of a pastor, admitted his post caused harm but maintained he would put up "whatever he likes" on social media and "did not intend to harm or offend any person", according to the Guardian.

"I think we can play such an important role in trying to instil values of fairness and inclusivity into kids coming through".

They say inclusiveness is one of Rugby's core values and it welcomes all people to the game, including all members of the LGBTIQ community.

GoFundMe says former Wallaby's campaign violated its terms. Folau continued to preach his message and caused further controversy when claiming, at a sermon, that bushfires that caused damage untold were a sign of "God's judgment" in response same-sex marriage legislation being passed in Australia.

RA said it had not meant to hurt the player's feelings, but "acknowledges and apologises for any hurt or harm caused to the Folaus".

"There was an apology both ways because this has been very stressful", she said.

RA said it did not support Folau's controversial post, but "acknowledges and apologises for any hurt or harm caused to the Folaus".

"We didn't back down", said Castle.

"The person that chose to break the code of conduct was found guilty, his contract was terminated because of that.

It's been a very hard time for Rugby Australia", she said. There's not a business leader that leads an organisation that I've spoken to that hasn't looked at this situation and gone, "this is a very hard thing" ... "The feedback we were getting from our rugby community was they wanted this matter settled".

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