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17 May 2019 | 4:14 PM

Folau sacked by Rugby Australia over social media post

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Five weeks after they first committed to sacking Israel Folau, Rugby Australia finally terminated the Wallabies fullback's contract on Friday on the recommendation of a disciplinary panel that decided he had breached their rules on inclusion.

17 May 2019 | 3:15 PM

Australia's high flying Folau grounded by faith

SYDNEY (Reuters) - For very different reasons, Israel Folau's arrival in Australian rugby union six years ago was as explosive as his departure and, in sporting terms at least, the free-scoring fullback will be sorely missed.

15 May 2019 | 11:51 PM

Captain Kerr looks to get the Matildas waltzing at World Cup

SYDNEY (Reuters) - There is a good case for ranking Sam Kerr as Australia's best footballer, female or male, at the moment and the country's hopes of a first World Cup triumph in France in July rest in no small part upon the prolific striker's shoulders.

6 May 2019 | 5:52 PM

Bach boxing comments undervalue International Federations - AIBA chief

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The executive director of AIBA, the governing body of amateur boxing, has hit out at Olympic chief Thomas Bach for suggesting putting together an alternative organisation to run the sport at next year's Tokyo Games would "not be rocket science".

4 May 2019 | 12:38 PM

Olympics: Alternative organisation for Tokyo boxing 'not rocket science' - Bach

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Olympic chief Thomas Bach believes an alternative organisation could run the boxing competition at next year's Tokyo Olympics if recognition is withdrawn from the sport's amateur governing body AIBA.

4 May 2019 | 11:42 AM

Olympic chief sympathises with Semenya, respects CAS decision

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Olympic chief Thomas Bach said on Saturday he had sympathy for Caster Semenya but respected the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)'s decision that means the South African athlete will have to reduce her testosterone levels to compete.

12 Apr 2019 | 5:40 PM

Rugby Australia's 'position unchanged' after Folau meeting

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Israel Folau had a meeting with Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Rugby Union to discuss his social media posts on Friday but the governing bodies said they still intended to terminate his contract.

11 Apr 2019 | 6:46 PM

Rugby Australia intends to sack Folau over 'discriminatory' post

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Rugby Australia said on Thursday it would terminate the contract of Israel Folau, the country's best-known and best-paid player, if he cannot offer a good reason for a social media post that said gay people would go to "hell" if they did not "repent".

24 Mar 2019 | 10:11 AM

Record-matching 'NASA man' Folau relaunches Waratahs season

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Canterbury Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has suggested Israel Folau should work for space agency NASA after the New South Wales Waratahs fullback's aerial skills helped end his team's record Super Rugby winning streak.

24 Mar 2019 | 9:40 AM

Christchurch remembered, Crusaders get straight back on the horse

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Canterbury Crusaders coach Scott Robertson said the nine-times Super Rugby champions would pick themselves up, dust themselves down and start all over again after their record winning streak was brought to an end on Saturday.