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Sport $10m Folau case sucked into World Cup chaos

05:15  23 october  2019
05:15  23 october  2019 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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Israel Folau looking at the camera: Israel Folau.© AAP Israel Folau. The stunning fallout between Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle and departed Wallabies coach Michael Cheika could jeopardise the governing body's legal dispute against Israel Folau, a new report says.

Cheika quit his post after Australia's Rugby World Cup failure then revealed a broken relationship with Castle, plus RA chairman Cameron Clyne. Castle responded by pointing out the dire lack of results under Cheika's tenure since he reached the final of the previous World Cup.

Somehow, the warring parties must come together to combat Folau's $10 million legal claim against Rugby Australia, which could cripple the sport.

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Those close to Folau have recommended workplace relations expert Wood, who has emerged in past years as a crusader in unlawful termination cases where free speech is called into question. Folau was sacked for an Instagram post on April 10 that was deemed as vilifying the gay community.

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Folau is seeking an eight-figure payout after being sacked by Rugby Australia for posting homophobic messages on social media, in the name of his hardline Christian beliefs.

Folau's matter will return to mediation on December 13, but an earlier attempt to broker peace failed miserably. The matter would then go to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia from February 4 next year, at a hearing in Sydney.

Cheika's Rugby Australia employment formally ends on December 31, The Daily Telegraph reports, while there is an increasing chance that Castle and Clyne will also be gone from their posts by February thanks to the Rugby World Cup fallout.

All three could be witnesses in the Folau case for Rugby Australia, now presenting anything but a united front. Another potential witness, former NSW Waratahs chief executive Andrew Hore, added to the chaotic scenario by quitting his job a fortnight ago.

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In Folau 's case , that could be a contract to play rugby overseas in any one of the rich professional Folau was not the only one guilty of posturing this week. Suggestions that losing the case could lead That will dip significantly in the usual four-year cycle of the sport, with this year's Rugby World Cup

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The Telegraph reports that Folau will attempt to exploit a loophole in his claim against Rugby Australia.

In defence to Folau's statement of claim, Rugby Australia denied that terminating the star's contract was a restraint of trade because it "does not prohibit Folau from seeking to secure a new player contract with Rugby Australia and the operator of an Australian Super Rugby team which would enable him to play for the Wallabies and/or an Australian Super Rugby team".

Folau does, in fact, intend to play for an Australian Super Rugby team next season, his lawyers will claim. Rugby Australia would not abide a Folau return.

Rugby Australia must make the case that re-employing Folau, who has refused to curb his extreme religious views on social media, represents a massive financial liability for the sport.

Intense scrutiny off-court shouldn't diminish Folau's legacy on it .
Overshadowed by her controversial husband, Maria Folau is likely about to play her 150th and final netball Test, ending a career built on a combination of natural gifts and extreme work ethic.When her trademark long bombs are on target, you hear a low clunk as the velocity of the ball rattles the goal, followed by the swish of the net. Those two sounds in harmony - an onomatopoeic representation of the power and gracefulness of Folau's shooting action - are among the most magical in international netball.

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