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Rugby Australia faces legal fight, player revolt over Folau saga

Publish Date
Wed, 1 May 2019, 8:16PM

Rugby Australia faces legal fight, player revolt over Folau saga

Publish Date
Wed, 1 May 2019, 8:16PM

Rugby Australia may find themselves battling issues of fairness and human rights in their fight against Israel Folau. 

Law professor Jack Anderson at the University of Melbourne has written a piece highlighting the legal plight that Rugby Australia may face, days out from the hearing that will decide Folau's future. 

It comes as Rugby Australia is facing a potential Polynesian player mutiny.

Taniela Tupou has claimed all Pacific Islanders "might as well just be sacked" because of their religious beliefs after Wallabies centre Samu Kerevi felt he needed to apologise for 'offending' fans after saying 'I love Jesus' in an Instagram post on Easter.

The man once known as the Tongan Thor when he played in New Zealand took to Facebook to say he will never apologise for his faith.

"Seriously," his post began.

"Might as well sack me and all the other Pacific Islands rugby players around the world because we have the same Christian beliefs.

"I will never apologise for my faith and what I believe in, religion had [sic] got nothing to do with rugby anyways #TYJ ".

Anderson joined Daniel McHardy to discuss his piece and the legal fight on Rugby Australia's hands. 

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