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Israel Folau Code Of Conduct Hearing Set For May

Israel Folau

A Code of Conduct hearing, requested by Israel Folau following his dismissal from Rugby Australia earlier this month, will take place on May 4.

The 30-year-old was issued with a termination notice of his $4 million contract on April 15 following his controversial social media post in which he stated that “hell awaits” drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators.

Although he had previously stated that he would step away from rugby if it was “God’s will”, Folau decided to pursue the matter and requested a Code of Conduct hearing.

The hearing will be heard by a three-member panel consisting of John West QC (Chair), Kate Eastman SC, and John Boultbee SC at Rugby Australia headquarters in Sydney on May 4.

Sunday, May 5 has also been reserved in the event the hearing is required to extend to a second day.

Folau signed a four-year deal with Super Rugby side, the Waratahs, in March and was under contract with Rugby Australia until 2022. However, the body deemed that he had “committed a high-level breach of the Professional Players’ Code of Conduct”.

Australian head coach, Michael Cheika, has stated that he would not select Folau for his World Cup squad later this year.

Folau previously played Rugby League with Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos, however,  Australian Rugby League Commission (ALRC) boss, Peter Beattie, said “Israel Folau fails the NRL’s inclusiveness culture’, and ruled out a return for him.

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Author: Marisa Kennedy

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