Israel Folau’s landmark code of conduct hearing will resume on Tuesday after a weekend stalemate at Rugby Australia (RA) headquarters in Sydney.
RA chief executive Raelene Castle was asked to provide further evidence on Sunday, with NSW Waratahs supremo Andrew Hore also called on as more than 15 hours of legal jousting wasn’t enough for the three-person panel.
Folau is fighting to save his career after Castle issued the dual international with a “high-level” breach notice last month and threatened to tear up his four-year, $4 million contract following his latest round of inflammatory social media posts.
Prior to the hearing starting on Saturday it was reported Folau rejected a $AU1 million offer from RA to walk away from his contract.
RA and Folau’s Super Rugby team, the New South Wales Waratahs, have already publicly committed to terminating Folau’s contract and last month served the Sunday Telegraph reported that Folau could have avoided it if he had agreed to accept a sum equivalent to one year of his lucrative contract.
The breach notice issued to the 73-test back said his social media post had “disrespected” people on the basis of their sexuality in breach of his contract and Rugby Australia’s inclusion policy.
Folau was issued a formal warning after a similar post last year but attempts by Rugby Australia to include specific clauses about social media posts in the contract the player signed in February were rejected, the Sunday Telegraph reported.
The record Super Rugby try-scorer’s high powered legal team will argue that Folau was merely quoting scripture and not directly disrespecting any individual, the newspaper added.with a “high-level” breach notice.