No NRL lifeline for under-siege Israel Folau

No NRL lifeline for under-siege Israel Folau

Billy Vunipola has been axed by Channel 4 after showing support for Israel Folau following the homophobia row sparked by the Australian's social media posts.

Vunipola said he had been told by three people to withdraw his apparent support to Folau's post. I'm telling you, out there people are terrified of saying anything.

Folau posted a message on Instagram that said "hell awaits" drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters along with "REPENT!"

"As representatives and role models Saracens players have a responsibility not only to themselves but to the club and wider society".

"Our joint position regarding Israel Folau is unchanged", Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union said in a statement, adding that the two bodies will now "consider the next steps".

Folau maintained a stony silence after earlier holding crisis talks amid RA's threat to tear up his multi-million-dollar contract following his latest attacks on homosexuals.

"RUPA does not endorse or condone the content of the social media post made by Israel Folau on Wednesday night, however it is imperative that the proper process is followed under the Code of Conduct", the statement read.




"He's saying how we live our lives needs to be closer to how God intended them to be". Billy Vunipola's recent social media posts are inconsistent with this and we take this matter very seriously.

"Man was made for woman to procreate, that was the goal no?" It hurts to know that.

Andrew Webster has spoken out amid the Israel Folau saga, offering an incredibly classy response to the rugby star's homophobic comments.

"I don't believe it's right and I don't believe he should say it, but I don't think we should be taking the mickey out of his religion".

Folau also posted similar comments past year, for which he was not sanctioned by RA, although he did acknowledge he had caused "grief to some people".

With Folau, known for his aerial prowess, looking likely to miss the World Cup, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has a big hole to fill.

Folau, who became Super Rugby's record try-scorer last week, is a dual worldwide who began his career in rugby league, and there was speculation the sport could offer him a lifeline if he is kicked out of rugby union. Last weekend while playing for the Waratahs, Folau scored his 60th try, the most of any player in Super Rugby, breaking the record of former New Zealand winger Doug Howlett.

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