Rugby Australia blasts Folau over 'hell awaits homosexuals' comment

Folau was not punished by the Australian Rugby Union last year following similar comments

Folau was not punished by the Australian Rugby Union last year following similar comments

"The content within the post is unacceptable".

He sent a tweet criticising the Tasmanian parliament, which has become the first Australian state to make it legally optional to list gender on birth certificates. "Turn to Jesus Christ who will set you free".

Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle elected not to discipline the full-back despite a number of sponsors threatening to walk away from the national team due to his comments, but she did remind him of his "obligation to use social media in a respectful way".

Rugby Australia said in a statement that its integrity unit was examining the post.

Either way, the latest episode in the saga is the last thing Wallabies coach Michael Cheika needs from his premier back in a World Cup year.

Folau posted a "warning" on Instagram to all "Drunks, Homosexuals, Adulterers, Liars, Fornicators, Thieves, Atheists, Idolaters" will end up in hell unless they repent of their sins.

After the announcement, the Wallabies star took to Twitter to tell people to "turn away" from their evil ways after the announcement.

Australia's peak governing rugby union organisation, Rugby Australia, have described comments made by star player Isreal Folau as "unacceptable".

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In February, Folau signed a multi-million dollar contract extension with the New South Wales Waratahs and Rugby Australia until the end of 2022.

Folau made the comment on Instagram in reply to a question about God's plan for gay people.

"It's important that Rugby Australia have stepped up to challenge Folau's abusive comments".

"Israel Folau has to go, and will go", the former Australian test player wrote.

"To everyone who reads it, don't be influenced by his words. Whoever YOU is.Hell doesn't await YOU.Happiness awaits YOU".

International Gay Rugby, the global organisation for the world's gay and inclusive rugby clubs, also hit out at the 30-year-old.

Rugby Australia said it was aware of the post and had engaged the Rugby Australia Integrity Unit to investigate.

Folau, who spoke out against same-sex marriage after the Wallies expressed support for the Yes campaign in 2017, previously said he was prepared to walk away from rugby if the situation became untenable due to his Christian beliefs.

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