Israel Folau to lose Rugby Australia contract

by Leon Thompson April 17, 2019, 12:56
Israel Folau to lose Rugby Australia contract

It's the second time he has posted homophobic messages after he wrote previous year on his Instagram account that god had a place in hell for homosexuals.

No suspension was imposed on Folau, but NSW Rugby confirmed it would stand him down.

But some have offered words of support for Folau suggesting that whatever else happens in the coming days and months leading up to the World Cup Australian rugby is set to have a bitter and ongoing feud where questions over coaches, selection and Folau's potential dismissal will infuriate an already struggling worldwide side and their supporters.

The 71 test veteran applauds the swift action taken by Rugby Australia and New South Wales Rugby, who have been criticised in the past for lacking conviction when confronted with similar matters. But he has long riled those in power with his extreme views. On Instagram he shared a photo warning "hell awaits" homosexuals, atheists, fornicators and other "sinners".

The full-back, who escaped punishment for similar statements past year, was widely criticised but had support from England worldwide Vunipola on Friday.

The Brumbies' third win from eight games keeps them within touching distance in the Australian conference, but still seven points behind the leading Melbourne Rebels.

Folau told the newspaper the outrage had not caused him to reconsider his stance.

Following that incident, NRL boss Todd Greenberg said Folau could return to the NRL, but those views wouldn't be tolerated.

"So this morning I got 3 phone calls from people telling me to "unlike" the Izzy Folau post", Vunipola wrote alongside a picture of a Bible passage.

Israel Folau is one of Australian rugby's most highly paid and talented players, but he is also its most controversial.

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He said he would regard such a decision as "God's will".

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"I live for God now."

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"Some of the comments which have been seen are far closer to hateful than I think appropriate for what people should be doing on social media".

"If that's not to continue on playing, so be it".

"I started that when I was social services minister - introducing the no-jab no-play rules that went into our childcare centres and preschools". "But my faith in Jesus Christ is what comes first".

Saracens and England No 8 Billy Vunipola was drawn into the issue when he "liked" Folau's post and then made a statement of his own backing his rival - he will have to meet the RFU to explain his position.

Vunipola has been named on the bench for Saracens' Premiership fixture with Bristol at Ashton Gate on Saturday.

Folau said it was "a tough time" for him but "I have love towards everyone that might be saying negative things".

The 30-year-old said on Instagram: "Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent".

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