SYDNEY – Israel Folau and Rugby Australia have been given a last chance to settle their differences before an industrial tribunal begins lengthy and costly proceedings following his sacking over homophobic comments.
Australia's employment watchdog, the Fair Work Commission, told Rugby Australia to hold talks with the deeply religious 30-year-old, who lost his Aus$4.0 million ($2.8 million) contract over an anti-gay post on Instagram.
The Wallabies fullback last week said he had no confidence in Rugby Australia's internal dispute settlement process and was seeking "substantial remedies" via the tribunal.
It is understood Folau's legal team and Rugby Australia officials will sit down for the face-to-face talks in Sydney on June 28.
If the two parties are unable to resolve the matter, the case will proceed to a formal hearing.