Rugby Australia

Israel Folau takes Rugby Australia to court over dismissal

The decision comes after the former Wallaby and RA failed to reach an agreement at a mediation hearing at the Fair Work Commission on June 28.

"Unfortunately, our conciliation before the Fair Work Commission did not resolve the matters between us and I have been left with no choice but to commence court action," Folau said in a statement on Thursday.

James O'Connor flies to South Africa to join up with Wallabies

O'Connor was given the chance after winger Marika Koroibete was allowed to remain in Melbourne for the imminent birth of his second child.

Rugby Australia says O'Connor, who wants to return ahead of this year's Rugby World Cup, will join the squad on a train-on basis only.

It's understood 29-year-old O'Connor's contract talks with the Queensland Reds are progressing well and a deal is likely before the opening Rugby Championship test against the Springboks in Johannesburg on Saturday week.

Old mates struggling to recognise rebranded Israel Folau

As Folau buries himself into fighting his sacking by Rugby Australia for airing his forthright religious views, including condemning gays to hell, it seems he is growing increasingly distant from those he used to rub shoulders with.

They believe his new entourage – which The Australian newspaper labelled "the merry band of preachers, spinmeisters, lawyers and advisers" – are taking things to a new level.

Israel Folau has 'bled Australian rugby of millions', claims former Wallaby Peter FitzSimons

FitzSimons - now a Sydney Morning Herald columnist and prominent broadcaster – gave Folau a spray on Nine's Sports Sunday television show.

He was incensed at Folau's assertion that he wanted an apology from Rugby Australia (RA) and an admission that they were wrong to sack him for posting on Instagram that homosexuals, among others, were headed for hell unless they repented.

FitzSimons' outburst was unleashed during his Sports Sunday appearance.

"Camera one on me," he said. Israel Folau and your demand for an apology… mate, bring it in tight.

Latu hit with further sanctions by Rugby Australia over drink-driving incident

Latu was fined $1300 and suspended from driving for three months leading guilty to mid-range drink driving and driving with a suspended licence.

The court was reportedly told that Latu was found by passers-by asleep at the wheel at the intersection of Cleveland St and Anzac Pde in Sydney's inner-east at 4:30am.

Members of the public reportedly had to break into his vehicle to stop it from rolling into the intersection, with Latu unresponsive.

He recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.135 at the time, a mid-range reading.

RA hits back at Israel Folau claims

The former Wallabies full-back had his contract terminated following an investigation into an offensive social media post in April.

Folau, a devout Christian, uploaded an image to Instagram that said "hell awaits drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators".

The 30-year-old had been warned for similar comments last year and was this time found guilty of a "high-level breach" of the governing body's code of conduct.

Folau takes legal action against RA

The former Waratahs star was sacked by RA last month following an anti-homosexual social media post in April.

Folau, a devout Christian, uploaded an image on Instagram that said "hell awaits drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators".

The 30-year-old had been warned for similar comments last year and was this time found guilty of a "high-level breach" of the governing body's code of conduct.

Folau did not appeal his dismissal but insisted he was not accepting the findings.

Alan Jones claims Israel Folau is 'feeling like a murderer' as saga drags on

Folau has been found guilty of "high level" misconduct for his controversial social media post condemning gays and others to hell. The Wallabies star is yet to hear the verdict on his $4m contract.

Jones has been a staunch supporter of devout Christian Folau throughout a saga that has divided Australia, mainly on the issue of freedom of speech and allowing a person to air their religious beliefs.

Folau prepares for rugby departure

Folau, a fundamentalist Christian, is awaiting sanction after being found guilty of a high-level breach of Rugby Australia's code of conduct for a post on social media that said hell awaits 'drunks, homosexuals, adulterers' and others.

The three-member panel is expected to announce its decision this week.

On Tuesday, Folau replaced his profile picture on his social media accounts with a graphic of the number '1' which says "God first".

Rugby a broad church but Christians in the scrum better keep schtum

It’s an all-inclusive organisation which will include Christians who unashamedly parade their faith by drawing the symbol of the cross on their wrist strapping at the World Cup — but they’d better stay quiet and pretend to be people they are not if they want to be paid.

Young Christians catch wind of the mockery, disgust, disdain and looming unemployment thrown Folau’s way and begin to wonder if Jesus is any more real than the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus.