Pocock hits back at Folau's captaincy claims

Israel Folau

Israel Folau

Folau, who will attend a mediation session with Rugby Australia tomorrow seeking an unprecedented $14 million in lost earnings, said he is anxious about people's souls and that he is on a "great commission from God".

"Because God wants the Gospel out there and wants people to hopefully come to the knowledge of the truth and have the peace and love that comes from him, it's our duty as a Christian to be able to go out there and share that".

"In actual fact it was just a timely reminder of God's word and trying to point people onto the path of righteousness".

"What I was referring to in terms of the natural disasters that are happening now wasn't a direct, I guess, message to the people that are affected".

He lodged the claim with the Federal Circuit Court the past week, a continuation of his ugly legal spat with Rugby Australia, who Folau believes wrongfully terminated his contract for saying "hell awaits" gay people in a social media post.

"It's awful to see and you never want anyone to go through that sort of stuff but, as a Christian, you are always praying for people".

"You see the droughts today, you pray for rain and things to be restored, and that's ultimately as Christians what we're driven by and what we're bound by is God's love".

"God is speaking to you guys. Australia you need to repent and take these laws and turn it back to what is right by God".

David Pocock has called out Folau previously for his anti-gay comments and also believes the ex-fullback is off the mark by suggesting he was in line to captain the Wallabies.

Israel Folau has vowed to keep sharing his controversial views as it is his duty to spread "the word of God" and it would be "unloving" of him to keep them to himself.

Earlier this week, Folau increased his compensation demands from $10 million to $14 million as he continued his legal fight against RA.

"I think Michael Hooper has been doing a great job and he's contracted to the next World Cup, so I'm not sure where Izzy's getting that from", Pocock told Fox Sports News.

Hooper, 28, is two years younger than Folau, making it more implausible the former rugby league and AFL star would be thrust into the top job.

Pocock's comments came after former Wallaby Peter FitzSimons labelled Folau's captaincy claim "absurd", particularly given he was never even named as vice-captain.

"I think we can play such an important role in trying to instil values of fairness and inclusivity into kids coming through".

"Now, if Michael Cheika had seven vice-captains and Israel Folau wasn't one of them, I think by definition he was a very unlikely man to be captain".

"I find the claim absolutely absurd".

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