Israel Folau says 'God comes first' as Australia sack full back

Israel Folau says 'God comes first' as Australia sack full back”

While many people, including some past and present players, chastised the 30-year-old for his posts, others said he was exercising his freedom of expression and sharing the beliefs of his faith - citing scripture that supports his comments.

What does the Instagram post actually say?

However, the sportsman has said he stands by his comments.

Israel Folau's future in Australian rugby union is hanging by a thread after he was issued with a Rugby Australia (RA) code of conduct breach notice recommending his contract be terminated.

Rugby Australia is expected on Monday to notify Folau he is in breach of his contract, starting the formal disciplinary process which could lead to his sacking.

Folau has since been sacked by Rugby Australia over the posts - he has 48 hours to accept his sacking or choose to face a code of conduct hearing.

Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle said: "Israel was warned formally and repeatedly about the expectations of him as player for the Wallabies and NSW Waratahs with regards to social media use and he has failed to meet those obligations".

Hansen agreed that Folau would be a loss to the Wallabies if Rugby Australia were to terminate his contract.

Castle said Folau's place in the game was untenable given the fact that he was issued a warning after posting similarly contentious posts past year.

"Getting out in that disrespectful manner publicly is not what our team's about", Cheika said on Monday.

"We've had the discussion about it and that line's then been crossed".

"I felt that I needed to talk to him about why, and I haven't had that chance as yet".

"That's one of the things that's got to be taken into consideration", Castle said.

Asked if Folau's post had made it hard to pick him for the Wallabies again, Cheika replied: "You wouldn't be able to".

Gibson expressed disappointment that the issue of Folau's religious views had arisen again.

Vunipola wrote his own post, saying Folau was trying to say that "how we live our lives needs to be closer to how God intended them to be".

"His plans for me are better than whatever I can think". If that's not to continue on playing, so be it.

I share it with love. "But my faith in Jesus Christ is what comes first".

This is not the first time Folau has fallen foul over his anti-LGBT+ beliefs.

"I can't change what the word of God says".

"In 40 years of telling people about the good news of Jesus, I have seen that the "turn or burn", approach to proclaiming the message of Christianity alienates people". For holding orthodox Christian beliefs or just for expressing them?

Meanwhile, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen told reporters in Wellington Folau had let himself down with his latest social media statement.

"Everybody has the right - and we respect that right - to believe whatever they like". "There's no point me adding my name to the end of that list and it's been dealt with pretty strongly by his employers".

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