Fo­lau’s day out preach­ing to the choir

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - BREN­DEN HILLS

IS­RAEL Fo­lau’s mul­ti­mil­lion­dol­lar ca­reer is in tat­ters thanks to a so­cial me­dia post that sparked an ugly re­li­gious de­bate but he told the Aus­tralian Chris­tian Lobby’s an­nual con­fer­ence yes­ter­day he would do it all again.

“I would, ab­so­lutely,” the 30-year-old said, but he also ad­mit­ted: “My in­ten­tions around post­ing that and shar­ing the truth of what the scrip­tures say ... I didn’t think it was go­ing to come to the point where I’m in this sit­u­a­tion now.”

Fo­lau was a key­note speaker at the Dar­ling Har­bour con­fer­ence, which was themed “Not Ashamed”. As he made the com­ments, the Wal­la­bies — the team Fo­lau was sacked from in May over the post — were pre­par­ing to bat­tle Eng­land at the Rugby World Cup in Ja­pan.

Fo­lau took the stage at 11.15am to a stand­ing ova­tion from the 1000-strong crowd and sat on stage for a Q&A ses­sion with ACL man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Mar­tyn Iles.

Fo­lau’s court case with Rugby Aus­tralia is set for Fe­bru­ary 2020 but he and Rugby Aus­tralia will head to me­di­a­tion on De­cem­ber 13.

The ACL raised more than $2 mil­lion to sup­port Fo­lau’s case af­ter his Go­FundMe page was shut down.

Is­rael Fo­lau and a fan.

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