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Israel Folau doesn't appeal code of conduct sanction

Sporting News logo Sporting News 20/05/2019
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Israel Folau won't appeal the verdict of his code of conduct hearing.

An independent three-person panel upheld Rugby Australia's decision to terminate Folau's contract after what the governing body ruled was a high level code of conduct breach.

The Waratahs and Wallabies star had 72 hours to lodge an official appeal to the panel.

That deadline passed on Monday afternoon, with RA announcing it would now terminate his contract. 

"The 72-hour window for Israel Folau to appeal his high-level Code of Conduct breach and sanction has expired," RA said in a statement.

"As Folau has not notified the panel of his intention to appeal, the Code of Conduct process has now formally concluded.

"With the Code of Conduct matter complete, Folau's employment contract will be terminated."

Although the formal processes within RA have concluded, it is expected Folau will take his case to the courts.

Folau hit back later on Monday, saying he has no faith in Rugby Australia.

"My decision not to commence Rugby Australia's appeal process is in no way an acceptance of the judicial panel's findings," he said.

"I simply do not have confidence in Rugby Australia's ability to treat me fairly or lawfully throughout this process.

"The messages of support from fans, players, former rugby administrators and the public have been humbling.

"I believe I still have a lot of rugby left in me and the potential impact of Rugby Australia's decision on my reputation and my career is substantial.

"Ultimately, I need to do what is best for my family, my teammates and the fans, so I am considering all potential avenues open to me."

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