Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
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Israel Folau gives defiant interview after Rugby Australia sacking

Israel Folau gives defiant interview after Rugby Australia sacking

"Israel has responded formally today to request a code of conduct hearing which, under the circumstances, was not an unexpected outcome", said RA CEO Raelene Castle.

Meanwhile, Folau confirmed on Wednesday he would fight the termination of his $4million contract with Rugby Australia.

In an interview with British radio station talkSPORT, the Welshman was highly critical of Folau reasserting his homophobic beliefs in social media posts last week.

The 30-year-old devout Christian said on his Instagram account last week that "hell awaits" for "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators".

"At its core, this is an issue of the responsibilities an employee owes to their employer and the commitments they make to their employer to abide by their employer's policies and procedures and adhere to their employer's values", Castle said.

Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent.

Now a pundit on Fox Sports, Drew Mitchell has all but called his former Australia and NSW Waratahs colleague a hypocrite, posting on Twitter Folau's comments from past year saying he would walk away from the game if Rugby Australia found his position untenable.

On Wednesday, Mitchell wasted little time pointing to the post that sparked the latest storm.

"I respect people who are brought up with religious beliefs, and some who are entrenched and will follow those religious beliefs, no matter how narrow-minded they may be to the rest of us".

Given there are Easter public holidays on Friday and next Monday and Anzac Day next Thursday, it's highly unlikely any hearing would be conducted until the following week.

Speaking to the Guardian, chair of International Gay Rugby Ben Owen has praised the action taken to remove Folau's attitude from the game.

The hearing will involve a representative of RA, a representative of the players' union RUPA and an independent person given the green light from both organisations.

The standoff between Folau and his employers comes just five months out from the World Cup in Japan and two months after he signed a four-year contract.

The post remains online and on Sunday the player said he was standing by "what the Bible says".

RA released a statement in response to Folau's decision.

Folau has been given notice by Rugby Australia and will not play for the Wallabies again while Vunipola was carpeted by his club, Saracens, this week and then served with an official warning by the Rugby Football Union.

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