Folau says he refused 'temptation' of Rugby Aus's offer

Jose Verdugo
May 16, 2019

Folau, a devout Christian who has made 73 global appearances for the Wallabies, was found guilty of a code of conduct breach last week and could lose his contract following an Instagram post that said "hell awaits" gay people.

The Sydney Morning Herald confirmed that Folau had rejected an offer from Rugby Australia to enter settlement talks prior to the hearing, later stating that he was willing to front a low-level breach due to his posts offending some players and fans.

The player, who is a fundamentalist Christian, has remained steadfast in the wake of the controversial social media post and doubled down on those comments while speaking to a church congregation in Sydney on Sunday.

'Potentially I could get terminated, which means that there's no more playing contract and therefore no more finances or money coming in, ' Folau said.

"I have spoken to a few of them, to first and foremost make sure they're ok", he told Fox Sports in an interview on Saturday evening.

"It's been really challenging but also it's been encouraging to myself to see what my God is actually doing", he said.

"There have been many opportunities to potentially make the situation a little bit easier", he said during a sermon at his church on the weekend.

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It's understood Super Rugby's all-time leading try-scorer would have been allowed to resume playing again had he agreed to take down his latest controversial post.

"The way that Satan works, he offers you stuff that could look good to the eye and makes you feel comfortable".

"Last week probably epitomised it for me, where we had such a successful under-20s campaign in defeating New Zealand for the first time in such a long period, the Brumbies had a good come-from-behind win and rugby's not spoken about".

He escaped punishment for similar comments past year.

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A three-member panel upheld RA's judgement that Folau had committed a high-level breach at a hearing last week and said it would issue a sanction after receiving further submissions. Both parties then have a right of appeal, meaning the most divisive matter in Australia could drag on for weeks and months yet.

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