Israel Folau has been discharge by Rugby because of his post “hell awaits” gay people in a social media post.
He has won 73 caps for Australia
After his post the panel found him guilty of a “high level breach” of RA’s player code of conduct and upheld the dismissal. Folau, who had a RA deal until 2022, has 72 hours to appeal against the ruling and is considering his options. An appeal would mean a second code of conduct hearing with the same evidence but a new panel, while he could also try to take his case to Australia’s Supreme Court. The fundamentalist Christian posted a banner on his Instagram account in April that read: “Drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators – Hell awaits you.” Folau was expected to play at this year’s World Cup in Japan but Cheika has said he is unlikely to be selected for Australia again.
He has recently lost sponsorship deals with Land Rover, who withdrew a car issued to him, and sportswear brand Asics.