Israel Folau sacked, given 48-hours to appeal

Irael Folau of the Waratahs looks on during the round 8 Super Rugby match between the Blues and Waratahs at Eden Park

Irael Folau of the Waratahs looks on during the round 8 Super Rugby match between the Blues and Waratahs at Eden Park

Israel Folau playing for the Wallabies.

RA CEO Raelene Castle said the RA integrity unit had deemed Folau had committed a "high level" breach of the players' code of conduct warranting termination of his contract.

The fact that it was the second time Folau had taken to social media to express his controversial views was taken into account.

'Following the events of a year ago, Israel was warned formally and repeatedly about the expectations of him as player for the Wallabies and NSW Waratahs with regard to social media use, and he has failed to meet those obligations.

"As a code we have made it clear to Israel formally and repeatedly that any social media posts or commentary that is in any way disrespectful to people due to their sexuality will result in disciplinary action".

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.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says Israel Folau's "disrespectful" comments would now make it impossible to pick the superstar for Australia at this year's Rugby World Cup.

"It's frustrating having to stand here because I can't speak for Israel, but it is part of the team celebrating our diversity and celebrating that in a respectful manner".

Geelong champion Gary Ablett and Carlton midfielder Matt Kennedy have been embroiled in the Instagram scandal that is set to end Israel Folau's rugby career as Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and captain Michael Hooper weighed in on the furore.

Hooper said "love" is one of the core values of the Wallabies, both on and off the field, and said it was "frustrating" he had to talk about this latest controversy. "When they behave like this or create negative comments that does make it very very hard for everyone in the rugby community".

"He was unapologetic for his posts and his position and that left us with no option but to move forward to the position that we're in today", she said.

He said: "It's obviously a decision that's in the process right now but I believe in a God that's in control of all things".

"Whatever His will is, whether that's to continue playing or not, I'm more than happy to do what He wants me to do", Folau said.

Once he receives that notice he will have 48 hours to respond before the start of a code of conduct hearing. Whatever He wants me to do, I believe His plans for me are better than whatever I can think.

In his first interview since Rugby Australia announced its intention to terminate his Wallabies and Super Rugby contracts, Folau told the Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday he will walk away from rugby and his multi-million dollar income if God wills it.

'I share it with love.

'In saying that, obviously I love playing footy and if it goes down that path I'll definitely miss it. "But my faith in Jesus Christ is what comes first".

"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".

Clubs in Europe will also be wary of signing a player who comes with considerable baggage and even Toulon have rejected the possibly of offering an escape route.

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