Rugby star Israel Folau to fight contract termination over anti-gay comments

Folau not welcome in NRL: Beattie

Wallabies star Folau posted anti-gay comments on his Instagram on Wednesday and declared that "hell awaits" homosexuals as well as drunks, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators.

Palmer says RA's plan to tear up Folau's multi-million-dollar contract following his repeated attacks on homosexuality is a big step to ensuring safer sporting environments for all Australians.

'Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union have met with Israel Folau in Sydney today, ' they said in a statement.

Brumbies flyer Tom Banks put his hand up to replace Wallabies fullback Israel Folau with a stunning return to form against the Lions in Super Rugby.

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.

"Israel has failed to understand that the expectation of him as a Rugby Australia and NSW Waratahs employee is that he can not share material on social media that condemns, vilifies or discriminates against people on the basis of their sexuality".

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". I don't HATE anyone, neither do I think I'm ideal. He informed them he planned to fight the decision. "Where are we in this country on free speech?" he said.

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He played 36 minutes, dribbling out the shot clock the final time he had the ball before checking out with 10 seconds remaining. I didn't get an opportunity to play against Melo this year and exchange jerseys with him. "I was thankful I could do that".

"Rugby is an inclusive sport", an RFU spokeswoman said in an email.

"It's a lot better to be making good metres and getting involved in the game so obviously I'm happy with that but it's a team thing, on the back of team success comes personal success", Banks told AAP.

Earlier that day a TV news crew from 9 News spotted Folau having breakfast at a cafe with his wife, Rugby Union Players' Association boss Prataal Raj and an unknown person.

"It is important to note that Israel remains contracted to both Rugby Australia and the NSW Waratahs at this time, and as such has signalled his intention to continue to honour his contract", the RUPA statement read.

"The ARLC therefore would not support his registration to play in the NRL".

His best chances therefore lie offshore, although the chances of joining French club Toulon appear to be non-existent, with their outspoken owner Mourad Boudjellal criticising him in an interview in French newspaper L'Equipe.

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