Israel Folau has confirmed that he will not appeal the decision of Rugby Australia to terminate his contract.
Folau had 72 hours to appeal the decision which was a result of his controversial social media posts where he outlined that hell awaits “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers” and others.
However, the deadline has now passed which led to Rugby Australia confirming that his contract has been terminated.
“The 72-hour window for Israel Folau to appeal his high-level Code of Conduct breach and sanction has expired,” a Rugby Australia statement read.
“As Folau has not notified the panel of his intention to appeal, the Code of Conduct process has now formally concluded.
“With the Code of Conduct matter complete, Folau’s employment contract will be terminated.”
Folau says that the decision not to appeal is due to him having no confidence in Rugby Australia to treat him fairly or lawfully and that he is considering his options.
“My decision not to commence Rugby Australia’s appeal process is in no way an acceptance of the judicial panel’s findings,” Folau said in a statement. “I simply do not have confidence in Rugby Australia’s ability to treat me fairly or lawfully throughout this process.
“The messages of support from fans, players, former rugby administrators and the public have been humbling. I believe I still have a lot of rugby left in me and the potential impact of Rugby Australia’s decision on my reputation and my career is substantial.
“Ultimately, I need to do what is best for my family, my teammates and the fans, so I am considering all potential avenues open to me.”