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Rugby Australia bungled Israel Folau contract - report

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Newstalk ZB,
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Audio,
Publish Date
Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 9:27AM
Israel Folau. Photo / Getty Images

Rugby Australia bungled its contract negotiations with Israel Folau by failing to insert social media restraints, according to a Sydney media report.

The Daily Telegraph says that Folau, who inked a $4m four year deal last year, refused to have the additional clauses retrospectively inserted into the contract.

Australian correspondent Murray Olds told Mike Yardley the whole situation is an outrageous mess.

"I'm not sure anyone has actually seen the Folau contract. The rugby community is waiting with bated breath for this afternoon when we should be hearing from him. I don't think there will be a good outcome from this whole situation for anyone though"

Murray Olds believes Folau will appeal to Rugby Australia's decision to sack him.

"It's not as though he was demonising the gay community, he was simply quoting scriptures. That is the line coming out of the Folau camp and one which they could use if they do appeal the decision.

"Australian Rugby as a whole is really struggling, they have been unpopular with the public for a long time so it will be very interesting to see how this will play out."

Today looms as D-Day for the much-maligned Wallabies star - he has until this afternoon to lodge notice that he will fight the termination of his RA contract.

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