Wallaby Israel Folau is an acknowledged devout Christian, no argument, but his Instagram posting of drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators repent, or Hell awaits you, has ripped rugby apart.
And if Rugby Australia gets its way, Folau’s $4 million contract will be terminated and heading for the shredding machine.
But if the governing body doesn’t get its way, it will be heading for the financial toilet.
Let’s face it, Rugby Australia chairman Cameron Clyne, and CEO Raelene Castle, aren’t blessed with vision, but that can be corrected in one swoop but getting Folau, and Qantas boss Alan Joyce, across the table.
They’ve got nothing to lose, and everything to gain.
Fact – the drunks, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, and idolators of this world couldn’t give a rats about going to Hell, not one has come forward complaining about Folau’s controversial post.
Not one, nor will they.
It’s the homophobic post that has caused the international mayhem.
But Folau, with Joyce, could not only defuse the mayhem, but save Rugby Australia becoming insolvent.
And rugby as a sport deserves nothing less.
The first thing Folau has to do is explain to Joyce why he posted that Instagram.
I’m one of countless thousands who can’t come to grips with what Folau hoped to achieve. Being a devout Christian doesn’t give him the right to be so politically incorrect in the modern world.
It’s not freedom of speech, it’s purely divisive.
Right now there can’t, nor won’t, be any winners.
But if Folau, and Joyce, could emerge from a face-to-face to front a massive media conference shaking hands, everyone would be a winner.
It would require Folau to zip it forever on his controversial crusade, and concentrate solely on what he does best, and that’s to play world class entertaining rugby.
And Joyce to continue to fork out $4 million a year as the Wallabies major sponsor, which is an ideal fit.
Don’t try to tell me it can’t be done when such an epic meeting hasn’t even been suggested, nor probably not given a thought.
Communication in troubled times has become a lost art world wide.
Now is the perfect time to bring it back.