Israel Folau's career still in limbo after meeting with Rugby Australia, Waratahs

Israel Folau's career still in limbo after meeting with Rugby Australia, Waratahs

Israel Folau's career still in limbo after meeting with Rugby Australia, Waratahs

Rugby Australia stated it would be keeping the details of their discussion private as it considers the next steps, but confirmed that its position on terminating Folau's contract remains unchanged.

Australian rugby league has slammed the door on divisive Wallabies superstar Israel Folau after his latest anti-gay rant, as a video emerged Friday showing him denouncing those who celebrate Easter and Christmas.

Folau, who was embroiled in a similar row a year ago, will be fired barring any "compelling mitigating factors", Castle announced on Thursday.

Rugby Australia said yesterday that Folau would be sacked if he could not offer a good reason for the post.

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

"Israel Folau fails the NRL's inclusiveness culture, which is a policy strongly supported by the ARLC", Beattie told reporters.

Beattie acted swiftly as rugby league works to rebuild its own reputation with sponsors and supporters after the new season was overshadowed by a string of sex and alcohol scandals.

Castle later took to Twitter to clarify that she'd been in "in constant contact" with Folau's manager Isaac Moses in the 24 hours since his latest social media attacks on homosexuals as well as "drunks, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters", who Folau said were all destined for hell.

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He suggested they should "repent" as "only Jesus saves".

"Israel's comments were insensitive and it's important that when you're in public life, you're just very mindful of being sensitive to other Australians and that you speak with that empathy", he said.

The 30-year-old fullback, a fundamentalist Christian, escaped sanction when he posted similar comments last year but RA took a much harder line when, having repeatedly warned him against it, the offence was repeated on Wednesday.

"It wouldn't be the first time, in my opinion, that Rugby Australia have got it completely wrong and I think if they have signed this contract or demanded of Israel certain matters outside the playing of the game", he added.

Despite a number of NRL clubs potentially able to bring Folau back to the league, Beattie told The Daily Telegraph on Thursday he won't be brought back into the NRL. "Where are we in this country on free speech?" he said.

"God is clearly saying, "Do not follow the way of the heathen", which is what he's speaking of these people here, the custom. There's no point to doing it".

The Waratahs have no Super Rugby fixture this week, but the sacking of Folau would throw the plans of Wallabies coach Michael Cheika into disarray with only three months to go until the Rugby World Cup.

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