Sacked former rugby international Israel Folau will today launch court proceedings for unfair dismissal against Rugby Australia and the NSW Waratahs.
Folau’s multi-million-dollar contract was terminated in May after he posted to social media that homosexuals, among others, would go to hell.
Rugby Australia said the post breached its professional players code of conduct – a decision that was upheld by an independent tribunal.
The staunch Christian’s application in the Federal Circuit Court follows an unsuccessful attempt at mediation in the Fair Work Commission.
He posted a fresh video message to his website overnight.
“Our conciliation before the Fair Work Commission did not resolve the matters between us,” Folau said.
“Accordingly, I am today commencing court proceedings against Rugby Australia and the NSW Waratahs.
“It has meant so much to [my wife] Maria and me over the last few months and gives us strength for the road ahead.”
In his initial application with the Fair Work Commission, Folau stated he would seek about $10 million ($NZ10.5m) in compensation for the remainder of his contract and lost commercial opportunities.
Folau was regarded as one of the Wallabies’ most important players and would have been an integral part of the team for September’s Rugby Union World Cup in Japan.
His legal case is bank-rolled by a $2 million ($NZ2.1m) war chest collected by the Australian Christian Lobby on his behalf.