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Folau-Rugby Australia deal

Israel Folau and Rugby Australia have settled their dispute over the former Wallaby fullback’s contract termination due to his controversial social media posts. The two sides announced a confidential settlement had been reached yesterday after mediation ordered by the Federal Circuit Court. Folau had asked for 14 million Australian dollars (US$9.5 million) in compensation, while Rugby Australia said it was within its rights to fire him over a controversial Instagram post in April condemning “drunks, homosexuals” and warning “hell awaits” them. “Rugby Australia, NSW Rugby and Israel Folau have today settled their legal dispute following the dismissal of Israel Folau after he posted a religious message on social media,” they said in a joint statement. “The social media post reflected Mr Folau’s genuinely held religious beliefs, and Mr Folau did not intend to harm or offend any person when he uploaded the social media post.”


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