Israel Folau could SUE Rugby Australia for religious discrimination


England's star back-rower Billy Vunipola could face sanctions after he appeared to back an Instagram post published by Israel Folau in which the Wallabies full-back made homophobic remarks.

"Israel Folau fails the NRL's inclusiveness culture which is a policy strongly supported by the Australian Rugby League Commission", Beattie said. But in global rugby I don't think he's been an outstanding player and I think we compensate around him, we have to pick different players in different positions. I'm telling you, out there people are terrified of saying anything.

Folau came under fire previous year for saying "God's plan" for gay people was "hell" unless they repented for their sins.

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

Folau's career now hangs in the balance with Rugby Australia revealing they intend on terminating his contract.

The rugby star has been laying low as backlash has grown over his Instagram post.

The gay journalist opened up about how Folau's recent social media posts affected him on Sports Sunday. "We will be meeting with Billy to discuss his social media posts", an RFU spokeswoman said.

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"I'm not ideal I'm at least everything on that list at least at one point in my life. To guide and protect us and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us".

Reaction to Rugby Australia's decision was mixed, with many supportive of the strong leadership shown and others criticising the organisation for what they viewed as an infringement on Folau's freedom of religious expression.

That multi-million dollar contract looks certain to be torn up unless Folau can convince RA and the New South Wales Waratahs that there are "compelling mitigating factors" for sharing the post.

'Following today's meeting the two organisations will update their respective Boards on the matter to consider next steps.

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

England number eight Billy Vunipola has defended himself for "liking" discriminatory comments made by Wallabies fullback Israel Folau on social media.

The 3-5 Brumbies have endured an inconsistent start but if Banks' form continues into the second half of the Super Rugby season he could prove irresistible to Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.