20.5.2019 09:01 am
The devoutly Christian fullback was fired for breaching Rugby Australia’s code of conduct after saying on social media that “hell awaits” gays.
Wallabies star Israel Folau said Monday he was considering "all potential avenues" after being sacked for homophobic comments, stating "I still have a lot of rugby left in me".
A formal hearing, before representatives of Rugby Australia, the professional players association and an independent figure, is likely to be delayed
The utility back is still only 30.
The deeply religious 30-year-old sparked uproar last week for a social media post saying “Hell awaits” homosexuals.
The deeply religious Folau held talks with Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle, a day after she said she intends to sack him for posting on Instagram that “Hell awaits” homosexuals.
He is considered crucial for the Wallabies’ hopes at this year’s World Cup in Japan, but his controversial religious statements have caught up with him.
The Waratahs and Wallaby star will now severely test administrators’ resolve.
Fiji are within striking distance of the Rugby Sevens series championship after their fifth consecutive victory in Hong Kong Sunday, storming a determined but outmuscled France 21-7.
The US Eagles are still in the fight at the Hong Kong Sevens despite narrow losses to England and Wales in the tournament’s final pool matches on Saturday.
Five talking points ahead of this week’s games in Super Rugby:
Rugby’s Canterbury Crusaders said they were considering a name change Wednesday, admitting many found the association with the anti-Muslim crusades of the Middle Ages offensive in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks.
It was a timely message from the struggling franchise, which a week ago learned it would be axed at the end of next season.
Normal service was resumed as the Crusaders scored four tries to one, making amends for a defeat to the Waratahs last week that broke a 19-match winning streak.
Five talking points ahead of this week’s games in Super Rugby.