Israel Folau reaches settlement with Rugby Australia
David Rogers | Staff Writer

David Rogers | Staff Writer

Christian rugby star Israel Folau has settled with his former employer over social media posts.

Folau was seeking AUD $14 million in damages, having raised $2 million, mostly from the Christian community, to pay for high-powered lawyers to help him win his case.

Folau issued the statement below:

Rugby Australia also released an official statement. “Rugby Australia, NSW Rugby and Israel Folau have today settled their legal dispute following the dismissal of Israel Folau after he posted a religious message on social media (the Social Media Post),” they said.

“The Social Media Post reflected Mr Folau’s genuinely held religious beliefs, and Mr Folau did not intend to harm or offend any person when he uploaded the Social Media Post.

“Mr Folau wants all Australians to know that he does not condone discrimination of any kind against any person on the grounds of their sexuality and that he shares Rugby Australia’s commitment to inclusiveness and diversity. 

“Rugby Australia and NSW Rugby do not in any way agree with the content of the Social Media Post.  Inclusiveness is one of Rugby’s core values and it welcomes all people to the game, including all members of the LGBTI community.

“While it was not Rugby Australia’s intention, Rugby Australia acknowledges and apologises for any hurt or harm caused to the Folaus. Similarly, Mr Folau did not intend to hurt or harm the game of rugby and acknowledges and apologises for any hurt or harm caused.

“Rugby Australia and Mr Folau wish each other well for the future. The Parties do not intend to comment further on the terms of their settlement as it is confidential.”

Folau is believed to be delighted with the outcome.

The legal case after Folau posted on Instagram the post below, angering his employer as they aim to attract and appeal to a broad cross-section of the population.

Folau has also been in the news recently, stating that the bushfires afflicting Australia were due to God’s punishment on the nation.