Israel Folau requests Rugby Australia hearing over anti-gay message

Wallabies star Israel Folau has been charged with a high-level code of conduct breach following his homophobic social media posts

Wallabies star Israel Folau has been charged with a high-level code of conduct breach following his homophobic social media posts

Folau has found few supporters in the rugby community after attacking gay and transgender people in a social media rant last week, which led to Rugby Australia terminating his $4 million contract, pending an upcoming hearing.

The devoutly religious Folau is facing the sack by Rugby Australia after posting on social media that "hell awaits" homosexuals.

Rugby Australia contends Folau, 30, committed a "high-level" breach of the players' code of conduct by failing to adhere to its policies and values, but freedom of speech and religious freedom issues could form part of his defence.

Saracens and England backrow Vunipola liked Folau's post and also posted himself that, "Man was made for woman to pro create that was the goal no?"

Castle, however, has said Folau did receive a formal letter outlining his social media responsibilities, along with verbal warnings. Galatians 5:19‭-‬21 KJV _ Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

"What he is saying about repenting is straight out of the Bible".

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"You can go around and have a laugh with him [John], have a joke, just let him know it's not awkward, it's no refection on him", said Waratahs captain Nick Phipps. "That's where I believe people haven't really read his heart", she said to The Australian.

Israel Folau's controversial views that have created a furore in Australian rugby have an element of "selfishness" and are "completely wrong", according to Wallabies scrumhalf Will Genia.

Last year, she supported Folau when he sent similar messages.

After signing with Rugby for the first time in 2013, Folau went on to become a key player for the Wallabies and was expected to play an important part in the upcoming Rugby World Cup in Japan. Farr-Jones took aim at Cheika's stance against Folau.

"Isreal has responded formally today to request a Code of Conduct hearing which, under the circumstances, was not an unexpected outcome", Castle said in a statement.

"I think Michael Cheika's been way too premature in relation to all this", he told Macquarie Sports Radio. Court drew criticism from marriage equality advocates in May following her comments on homosexuality.

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