Rugby Aug 12, 2019

Israel Folau's social media accounts vanish ahead of court hearing

Fallen rugby star Israel Folau's social media accounts, which he used to promote the homophobic comments that got him sacked, disappeared Monday on the eve of a court hearing into his dismissal. The former Wallaby launched legal action against Rugby Australia and the NSW Waratahs ...

Israel Folau issue ignites free-speech debate

Rugby Apr 23, 2019

Israel Folau issue ignites free-speech debate

Australian sport has been taking a hard line against racism, homophobia and gender inequality, but plans to fire Israel Folau over his religious views have some bemoaning "political correctness" gone too far. The devoutly Christian player, one of rugby union's highest profile stars, has been ...

Australia makes move to punish Israel Folau over anti-gay comments

Rugby Apr 15, 2019

Australia makes move to punish Israel Folau over anti-gay comments

Coach Michael Cheika said on Monday he would not have been able to select fullback Israel Folau for the Wallabies after his latest "disrespectful" social media posts attacking gay people. Cheika spoke to reporters Monday for the first time since Folau, a devout Christian, posted ...

Rugby Apr 25, 2018

Rugby Australia looking to deepen ties with Japan

by Rich Freeman

Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle said Tuesday night she was looking to strengthen links with Japan not just for Rugby World Cup 2019 and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but well beyond. Speaking at an event organized by the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce ...

Wallabies' Karmichael Hunt arrested for drug possession

Rugby Dec 30, 2017

Wallabies' Karmichael Hunt arrested for drug possession

High-profile Wallabies star Karmichael Hunt has been arrested, reportedly for possessing drugs, with Rugby Australia on Saturday launching an investigation into the incident. Hunt, a former rugby league international who made his Wallaby debut this year, was detained along with another man in Brisbane early ...