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A bit rich for Folau to cry poor

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OPINION: When Israel Folau began his club and code-hopping journey more than a decade ago he left Melbourne for Brisbane, tearfully telling Storm fans that his father ordered him to sign with the Broncos.

Since then, both father and son have laughed all the way to the bank.

Folau's salary has risen from $35,000 to $1 million and he has accumulated a property portfolio worth more than $7 million, all before the age of 30 when many young couples can't afford the deposit on a new home.

So, don't feel sorry for Folau following GoFundMe's decision on Monday to refund $750,000 to those who donated to support his legal case against Rugby Australia for terminating his four-year contract, following his online posts vilifying Old Testament sinners.

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Folau sought $3m to fund his legal action and those who see it as a test case proceeding to the High Court will find a way to channel the money to him.

Folau and his father own nine properties but to be fair it's a well-recognised cultural obligation for athletes of Polynesian background to provide accommodation for........

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