NRL Rules Out Any Chance Of Israel Folau Joining After Being Sacked By Rugby Australia

After Rugby Australia announced it was intending to terminate Israel Folau's contract over a homophobic social media post, many of his supporters encouraged him to make a code switch to league.

Folau has already played league for Queensland and Australia, so surely a move there would be easy? But it seems as though that door has been slammed in the star's face.

Credit: Israel Folau/Instagram
Credit: Israel Folau/Instagram

ARL Commission chairman Peter Beattie has told the Sydney Morning Herald: "Israel Folau doesn't pass our inclusiveness culture, which is a policy strongly supported by the ARLC.

"And after talking to some commissioners [last] tonight, we don't support him playing rugby league again."

Folau was given an official warning by Rugby Australia last year after similar sentiments were posted on social media.

Following that incident, NRL boss Todd Greenberg said Folau could return to the NRL, but those views wouldn't be tolerated.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

He told the SMH in April: "There are young boys and girls who will read that (anti-homosexual posts) and find it hard to deal with because Israel has a large profile. That would not have been his intent, but it is very damaging to some people."

Folau was sacked by Rugby Australia last night after posting on Instagram that homosexuals, among other sinners, would go straight to hell if they didn't change their ways.

It was a post that was not only condemned by RA but by his followers and even rugby stars around the world.

Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle said in a statement: "In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"Whilst Israel is entitled to his religious beliefs, the way in which he has expressed these beliefs is inconsistent with the values of the sport.

"Israel has failed to understand that the expectation of him as a Rugby Australia and NSW Waratahs employee is that he cannot share material on social media that condemns, vilifies or discriminates against people on the basis of their sexuality.

"As a code we have made it clear to Israel formally and repeatedly that any social media posts or commentary that is in any way disrespectful to people because of their sexuality will result in disciplinary action."

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

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