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Mutually assured destruction awaits as Folau vows to fight on

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If you hadn't already got the message, Rugby Australia want Israel Folau gone.

There was the "intention to terminate" mic-drop of a media release that made no mention of the fact the matter would almost certainly end up in a tribunal hearing with a two-week timeline.

Battle lines drawn: Folau is fighting Rugby Australia's attempts to sack him. Credit:Max Mason-Hubers, James Alcock

Then there was the rollout of the Wallabies coach and Wallabies and Waratahs captain on Monday, both of whom made the extraordinary claims they would neither pick nor play with Folau again after his latest divisive comments.

More recently there was the mobilisation of support in favour of RA's position that Folau was in an "untenable" position, having said last year that he would "walk away" from his contract should he and his employers be unable to forge a way forward together.

All this and the hearing is not expected to take place until the week beginning April 29.

How much more damage will Australian rugby have to sustain over the next 12 days while RA and Folau - whose union until 12........

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