Folau, Rugby Australia to continue talks

Israel Folau was the highest paid rugby player in Australia before he was sacked

Israel Folau was the highest paid rugby player in Australia before he was sacked

After 12 hours of negotiations, Israel Folau and Rugby Australia have not come to a resolution, but talks will continue.

Israel Folau joins supporters in prayer before entering the Federal Circuit Court in Melbourne.

'Where we stand is the mediation remains on foot, ' he said.

Both Rugby Australia and Folau have indicted their intent to settle the dispute out of court, but three failed attempts to reach a settlement suggest the matter may drag on into the new year.

The former Wallabies fullback is seeking $14 million in compensation for what he claims was his unlawful dismissal for posting on social media that homosexuals were destined for hell and that legal recognition of transgender and intersex Australians was "evil".

His Instagram post in April listed a number of sins - including adultery and homosexuality warning "hell awaits" those who commit them.

The sacked test star and his wife were photographed on their way to the Federal Court in Melbourne on Monday for a mediation meeting over his $14 million compensation claim against RA.

"It is these messages from members of our community and the wider sports community that leaves us in no doubt that we are doing what's right", she said.

A small group of supporters greeted Folau upon his arrival to court, some holding signs with messages indicating they were on his side.

"Israel admitted he had caused harm with his comments and stated that he would not curb his social media use and will post whatever he likes whenever he feels the need to share his views". "Israel's commentary subsequent to his termination has only reinforced this belief".

"I understand that not everyone shares my faith and some find it hard to reconcile with their own beliefs", said Super Rugby's record try-scorer, who entered the court with his netballer wife Maria.

Ms Castle said a tribunal found Folau had committed a high-level breach of his contract.

"Rugby Australia is confident in its legal position but we come here today with a genuine desire to find a settlement that is sensible and reasonable so that we can return all our focus and resources to growing the game of rugby across Australia", she said.

After talks ended on Monday night, Rugby Australia put out a short statement confirming talks had been adjourned, and that negotiations would resume at 11.30am AEDT on Wednesday.

In a fresh controversy last month, Folau's comments linking the bushfires in Australia to gay marriage and abortion were slammed as "appallingly insensitive" by the nation's prime minister Scott Morrison.

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