Israel Folau Found Guilty Of High-Level Contract Breach Over Instagram Post

Israel Folau contract breach.

The Rugby Australia hearing over an Instagram post made by Israel Folau has concluded that the player committed a “high-level breach” of the Professional Players’ Code of Conduct.

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The post, made at the start of April, featured a list of some types of people supposedly destined for hell, captioned with Bible verses:

Folau faced backlash from the public but no punishment from Rugby Australia at roughly the same time last year.

The ruling was made by an independent panel composed of John West QC, Kate Eastman SC, and John Boultee, which oversaw a three-day hearing that concluded today. The hearing was launched after Folau challenged a breach notice Rugby Australia issued him.

Rugby Australia hasn’t decided on sanctions at this stage and has said that they will “take further written submissions from the parties to consider the matter of sanction“. In a statement issued after the post was originally made, Rugby Australia said that “in the absence of any mitigating factors” it was their intention to fire Folau.