Published: Sat, April 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

No NRL lifeline for under-siege Israel Folau

No NRL lifeline for under-siege Israel Folau

Folau was given an official warning by Rugby Australia past year after similar sentiments were posted on social media.

The Waratahs have stood down under-fire fullback Israel Folau until further notice, after his anti-gay posts on social media.

But Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter Beattie said he had failed the sport's character test and would not get a contract.

Brumbies captain Christian Lealiifano said players have to be more careful about what they post on social media in the wake of Folau's controversial posts.

A statement from Saracens said: "Saracens proudly embraces diversity and warmly welcomes everyone to the Club regardless of race, gender, religion and sexual orientation".

Giteau agreed with Hollies, noting the importance of being a role model while representing Australia.

Fans and LGBT+ allies alike have called the post "disappointing" and "a mistake", with some speculating that Vunipola could lose his position on the English national team. "It will be handled internally".

"Our joint position regarding Israel Folau is unchanged", Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union said in a statement, adding that the two bodies will now "consider the next steps".

"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.

Folau had posted similar comments previous year but escaped sanction and signed a new deal with RA through 2022 in February. "Man was made for woman to pro create that was the goal no?", Vunipola wrote on Instagram.

"Billy Vunipola's recent social media posts are inconsistent with this and we take this matter very seriously".

"I think he needs to be sacked, there's no two ways about it".

Folau, who became Super Rugby's record try-scorer last week, is a dual global who began his career in rugby league, and there was speculation the sport could offer him a lifeline if he is kicked out of rugby union. There just comes a point when you insult what I grew up believing in that you just say enough is enough, what he's saying isn't that he doesn't like or love those people.

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

Folau was spotted for the first time on Friday, having lunch at a cafe in Little Bay, in Sydney's south-east alongside his wife Maria.

As the meeting was held in confidence between the player and his employers, Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union will not comment on the discussions at the meeting.

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

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.

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