Israel Folau rejected a $1 million offer to from Rugby Australia to walk away from his contract prior to the beginning of his code of conduct hearing according to local media reports.
The hearing continued today after eight hours of evidence on Saturday during which Folau, Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle, and head coach Michael Cheika all spoke, but it failed to reach a conclusion.
Rugby Australia then released a statement saying the hearing will continue on Tuesday.
“The Code of Conduct hearing for Israel Folau will continue on Tuesday, May 7.
“The panel received oral evidence from NSW Rugby CEO Andrew Hore and further oral evidence from Rugby Australia Chief Executive Raelene Castle today.”
The Sunday Telegraph is reporting that Folau was offered a settlement sum equivalent to one year of his contract. Should Folau win his case, RA will have to pay out the remainder of his $4 million deal as they have outlined that he will no longer be selected for the Waratahs or Australia, according to the report.
The 30-year-old signed a four-year deal with the Super Rugby side in March and was under contract with Rugby Australia until 2022.
The association’s argument is that the controversial social media post in April was a second offence by Folau having been formally warned for a previous offence.
His contract states, “Treat everyone equally, fairly and with dignity regardless of gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, cultural or religious background, age or disability. Any form of bullying, harassment or discrimination has no place in Rugby”.
However, Folau’s lawyers are arguing that his contract contains no specific clause to social media and that he was quoting directly from the Bible and the post was not his own words.
Both Folau and Rugby Australia will have 72 hours to appeal the hearing’s decision which is expected next week.