• Folau set to be sacked

    Wallabies fullback Israel Folau

    Israel Folau’s contract with Rugby Australia is expected to be terminated after all three members of an independent panel reportedly agreed that his controversial use of social media warranted that decision.

    While an official announcement of the panel’s full and final judgments is only expected on Wednesday or Thursday, the Daily Telegraph on Monday night reported that chairman John West and fellow members Kate Eastman, and John Boultbee all supported Rugby Australia’s desire to terminate the Wallabies star’s four-year multi-million rand contract.

    Even if only two members of the panel determined Folau should be sacked and the other did not, that would be enough to trigger termination.

    The panel last week determined Folau had committed a ‘high level’ breach of his contract after taking to Instagram last month to proclaim hell awaits ‘drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators’ unless they repent and turn to Jesus.

    If his contract is terminated, Folau has the option of appealing the decision.

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