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Sport New rugby lifeline vanishes for Folau

09:20  07 december  2019
09:20  07 december  2019 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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CEO of South African Super Rugby franchise the Bulls, Alfonso Meyer, says someone from Israel Folau's camp reached out to him to gauge his interest in recruiting the former Wallaby.

RA and Folau issued a joint statement on Wednesday after reaching a confidential settlement, with both parties apologising for their actions.

The matter has been hanging over RA and the Wallabies for the past seven months since Folau was sacked from his $4m four-year contract for inflammatory social media posts and Martin was thrilled to see the end of it.

While Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle would not categorically rule out the possibility of Israel Folau returning to the code if he abides by certain conditions, Folau's chances of playing rugby in the southern hemisphere appear slim, unless he links up with Tonga which is totally plausible.

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Folau's chances of playing Super Rugby aren't good if Meyer's comments are anything to go by.

The Bulls boss acknowledged having Folau would be a massive coup, but said it would be a far too risky.

"I'm not sure if it is Folau's lawyer, but a lawyer approached us to hear if we are interested in contracting him," Meyer said in an interview with Netwerk24.

"Initially I was excited but if you look at this matter with a sober mind then it's simply not worth the risk. He is controversial and you'll expose yourself by contracting him.

"It's a pity because he is a very special player.

"He is probably amongst the top two or three players in the world. If it wasn't for his comments, we would have given our all to have him in the group."

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There was concern the money used to pay Folau would mean less money for grassroots rugby.

RA chairman Cameron Clyne denied those claims, assuring fans the Folau case won't have an impact on local rugby clubs.

Maria Tutaia, Israel Folau smiling for the camera: Israel Folau releases statement following settlement with Rugby Australia. Israel Folau releases statement following settlement with Rugby Australia.

"This (settlement) will not have one impact on community rugby — we're emphatic about that," Clyne told 2GB on Friday.

Clyne also denied that CEO Raelene Castle was going to be given the boot at a board meeting on Monday. He also shut down claims the parts of the board are angry because of the amount of money that had to be dished out.

In a heated interview with radio broadcaster Ben Fordham on Friday afternoon, Clyne said he was "100 per cent sure" Castle had the unanimous support of the RA board.

"So this board meeting on Monday, you're 100 per cent confident that no one will raise Raelene Castle's future at that board meeting?" Fordham asked on 2GB.

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Rugby Australia and New South Wales Rugby later issued a joint statement which stressed Folau had been sacked "because of a serious breach of the Professional Players Code of Conduct". "This is an issue of an employee and his obligations to his employers within the contract that he signed

Folau was sacked by Rugby Australia last month. Under international eligibility rules Folau would be allowed to switch his allegiance from Australia to Tonga after sitting out Test rugby for three years.

Clyne replied, "I'm 100 per cent confident".

"First of all the board meeting on Monday is a regularly scheduled board meeting, Raelene's future is not on the agenda," he said.

"Well, let me tell you that [regarding] the settlement discussions, the Rugby Australia board and the NSW board were fully informed all the way through and both were unanimously supportive of the settlement discussion."

While the settlement amount has not been made public, legal experts and board sources have told the SMH a figure of between $4 million and $5 million was a ballpark figure.

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