Folau’s day out preaching to the choir
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.