Rugby Australia (RA) says it “did not back down” by reaching a financial settlement with player Israel Folau after he was sacked for making homophobic comments.
The ex-Wallabies star sued RA for A$14m (£7.4m; $9.5m) after his contract was terminated in May.
Similarly, France didn’t surrender in 1940.
The parties settled for an undisclosed amount, according to a joint statement on Wednesday.
“We had to make a decision that was right for rugby in this country,” RA chief Raelene Castle said at a news conference in Sydney.
And which by pure coincidence has saved us the humiliation of losing a costly lawsuit.
“We stick to our values that inclusiveness is absolutely core to rugby.”
So Izzy’s being reinstated then, is he? Lord knows, it’s not like you couldn’t use him after your lacklustre performance in the World Cup which saw you beaten by both England and Wales.
She said taking the matter to court was not in the interests of the game and the eventual decision was “more cost-effective for us”.
But not as cost-effective as complying with the law in the first place, I expect.
“So we made a decision that gave us cost certainty that put us in the best financial decision entering the new year in a positive way,” she said.
This rearguard action is as impressive as that against Wales in the second half.
“I think it’s clear to say our values are not aligned and the expectations that Rugby Australia would have of Israel coming back into the sport would not be acceptable.
Presumably by “our values are not aligned” she means that Folau at least refrains from trampling people’s rights and being forced into costly legal settlements. Note the woman who heads Rugby Australia isn’t stepping down over this, and why should she? It’s not her money, after all. What price virtue signalling, eh?