D-Day has arrived for Rugby Australia (RA) and Israel Folau as Australian sport's most divisive issue comes to a head in Sydney.
Folau will fight to save his career when he challenges RA's intention to tear up his four-year, $4 million contract at a landmark code-of-conduct hearing on Saturday.
Sunday has also been reserved should the three-person panel of chair John West QC, RA representative Kate Eastman SC and the Rugby Union Players' Association-elected John Boultbee require further deliberations.
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Either way, RA has already declared the panel is not expected to deliver a decision on the weekend.
A final verdict could take months or even years to reach, according to an employment law expert.
Giuseppe Carabetta, from the University of Sydney Business School, described the complicated case as a "perfect storm of conflicting religious, corporate sponsorship and moral issues".
"It may eventually involve not only RA's Code of Conduct but also aspects of contract law, Anti-Discrimination laws and employee rights under the Fair Work Act," said Carabetta.
"The case may well have a very long way to run... if it does end up in the ordinary courts such as the federal court, potentially, those matters can take months or even a couple of years."
Folau, 30, was issued with a "high-level" breach notice last month for taking to Instagram to proclaim "hell awaits drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators" unless they repent and turn to Jesus.
The three-times John Eales Medallist had been warned last year following a similar post claiming gays were destined for hell, before signing a rich contract extension.
Folau and his barrister Adam Casselden will argue that RA did not include a specific social media clause in his new contract and that his posts were merely passages from the Bible and not directly his words.
RA, to be represented by Justin Gleeson SC, is expected to argue that, regardless of no such apparent clause, Folau seriously breached the governing body's broader code of conduct policy and its inclusion policy.
Point 1.3 of the players' code of conduct policy says: "Treat everyone equally, fairly and with dignity regardless of gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, cultural or religious background, age or disability. Any form of bullying, harassment or discrimination has no place in Rugby".
Another section states: "Do not use Social Media as a means to breach any of the expectations and requirements of you as a player".
Folau's defence is also expected to argue that rugby's "inclusion for all" policy should include him too - and his strong religious beliefs.
If the tribunal determines that Folau has breached his contract, the panel must then decide if the breach was severe enough to terminate his career.
The losing party will have until 72 hours after any decision is handed down to appeal.
And even after that, the matter could well drag on for months, or years.