Rugby star Israel Folau launches legal action against Rugby Australia

Blackballed rugby star Israel Folau has commenced legal action against Rugby Australia and the NSW Waratahs for unfair dismissal.

The decision to take his former employers to court follows an unsuccessful mediation process where all parties failed to reach an agreement on June 28.

"Unfortunately, our conciliation before the Fair Work Commission did not resolve the matters between us and I have been left with no choice but to commence court action," Folau said in a statement on Thursday.

Earlier this year, Rugby Australia terminated Folau's multimillion-dollar contract over a social media post in which he quoted a Bible passage, saying "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters" would go to hell unless they repent.

Folau is arguing he was unfairly dismissed because of his religious views. The 30-year-old is seeking AU$10million in damages from Rugby Australia. Folau's is also thought to be seeking his contract be reinstated.

Folau has received more than AU$2million in donations to help fund his legal battle thanks to a campaign set up by the Australian Christian Lobby. 

"I have been blessed to have received the support of tens of thousands of Australians throughout my journey, and I want to say thank you to everyone who has offered their prayers and support." Folau said in a statement.

"It has meant so much to (wife) Maria and me over the last few months and gives us strength for the road ahead," he said.