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Rugby Australia's position 'unchanged' after Israel Folau meeting

13 April 2019

"The comments and the post that Israel Folau has made, not just in the last 24 hours but also previous year when he was in the press for the same things, he doesn't represent me, and for that reason, I think he's left Rugby Australia with only one choice and that's to sack him".

Folau came under fire past year for saying "God's plan" for gay people was "hell" unless they repented for their sins.

Folau will attempt to convince Rugby Australia to uphold his contract at a code of conduct hearing next week.

Israel Folau is fighting to keep his professional career alive after a secret meeting with rugby officials was caught on camera.

But former Wallabies coach and prominent media commentator Alan Jones defended Folau's controversial comments - saying the rugby star had a right to freedom of speech.

Asked by an Australian reporter if he regretted what he said in his posts and how he was feeling now that his career was "all but over", Folau remained silent and hastily got into a waiting vehicle, before being driven away.

Following a meeting with Folau earlier today, Rugby Australia released a new statement.

"Saracens proudly embraces diversity and warmly welcomes everyone to the club regardless of race, gender, religion and sexual orientation", it read.

Rugby Australia has reprimanded Folau in the past for targeting the LGBTQI community in his social media posts.

Folau's younger brother John, who is also contracted with the Waratahs, seemingly posted on Instagram in support of Israel on Friday.

"That's another tradition that is man-made and we always have to go back to what the Bible says about what He (God) says", Folau said in his address.

The 30-year-old, who holds strong Christian views, was warned last year for making similar comments on social media but escaped disciplinary action.

It was accompanied by an image which said that "hell awaits" drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, and idolators.

"I think we're always conscious of it - with the last day and a half, [the message is] probably just to be more careful of what we're doing".

Vunipola, England's No 8, first pressed "like" on a post by Folau that said: "Warning".

Folau also posted similar comments past year, for which he was not sanctioned by RA, although he did acknowledge he had caused "grief to some people".

Rugby star Israel Folau delivers a sermon in which he is critical of people celebrating Easter and Christmas, as well as various Catholic traditions. I'm telling you, out there people are terrified of saying anything.

"But that's why I believe there's a God".

Folau had just last week become Super Rugby's all-time leading try scorer, and if terminated, he would be unable to complete the season with the Waratahs or play for the Wallabies at the Rugby World Cup.

Rugby Australia's position 'unchanged' after Israel Folau meeting