Israel Folau stood down by Waratahs

A dejected Isreal Folau of the Waratahs looks on during the Super Rugby Match between the Highlanders and the Waratahs at Forsyth Barr Stadium Dunedin New Zealand 14 March 2015. Credit Joe Allison

The joint statement said "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".

Folau, 30, is arguably the best Wallaby and this was the second time that he had made such views public in the space of a year.

Folau was widely condemned for his post and Rugby Australia took immediate action, releasing a statement which explained that they intend to terminate his contract. It then spread to the other side of the world on...

England's Rugby Football Union said it would be meeting with Vunipola, like Folau of Tongan heritage, to discuss his comments.

"Israel Folau fails the NRL's inclusiveness culture which is a policy strongly supported by the Australian Rugby League Commission", Beattie said.

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Palmer says RA's plan to tear up Folau's multi-million-dollar contract following his repeated attacks on homosexuality is a big step to ensuring safer sporting environments for all Australians.

Folau's new contract, signed in October, reportedly included a social media clause that would allow rugby bosses to sack him if he was found to have posted any further offensive material on social media following his initial attack on homosexuals previous year, where he publicly stood against same sex marriage.

Mark Fowler, an adjunct associate professor of law the University of Notre Dame, told The Sydney Morning Herald that RA would have to prove they were not terminating Folau's contract because of his religion.

There has been widespread condemnation of Folau's remarks, including from former Wallabies team-mate Drew Mitchell and New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern. But it seems as though that door has been slammed in the star's face.

Mr Fowler said that a court was yet to consider whether comments such as those made by Folau could amount to vilification or discrimination at law and that the code of conduct would be read as subject to the protections from religious discrimination within the Fair Work Act. Who cares? It's an opinion.

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"Guys are always trying to promote the game as well as we can". There just comes a point when you insult what I grew up believing in that you just say enough is enough.

If this truly is the end of the road for Israel Folau in Australian rugby, his vehicle crash-style exit will have been as swift and spectacular as his rise was meteoric. Where are we in this country on free speech?'

Vunipola "liked" Folau's initial post which was captioned, "those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent".

He came under fire in 2017 during the marriage equality vote, when he publicly announced he wouldn't be supporting gay marriage.

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