Billy Vunipola Defends 'Liking' Israel Folau's Controversial Instagram Post

Israel Folau

Israel Folau

That lead to a warning from Rugby Australia any further posts containing hate speech would lead to the end of his contract.

"It is RUPA's position that any disciplinary action must be dealt with in accordance with the Rugby AU professional player code of conduct". He's a loving God and he wants people to turn away from what they're living in and he'll give them life.

A former Wallaby now working as Rugby Australia's elite coaching director believes the Wallabies going forward would be stronger without Israel Folau in their side ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

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

Earlier, Folau and his New Zealand netball wife Maria, were seen with the chief executive of Rugby Union Players' Association (RUPA) Prataal Raj at a cafe.

Folau's chances of switching back to rugby league in Australia were also dashed late on Thursday with the governing body, the Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC), ruling out any return to the sport.

"Rugby Australia are only anxious about the quids, they're only anxious about the sponsorship", Jones said on his 2GB radio show on Friday morning. "The views expressed by Israel are his alone and are not endorsed by RUPA".

Beattie acted swiftly as rugby league works to rebuild its own reputation after the new season was overshadowed by a string of sex and alcohol scandals.

The Brumbies' third win from eight games keeps them within touching distance in the Australian conference, but still seven points behind the leading Melbourne Rebels.

"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", Folau told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper at a Truth Of Jesus Christ Church service, in his first comments since the scandal exploded.

The multi-million dollar contract Folau signed in February looks certain to be torn up unless he can convince his employers that there are "compelling mitigating factors" for sharing the post.

The Waratahs player, who has 37 tries in 73 games for Australia, was expected to play at this year's World Cup.

Billy Vunipola has refused to unlike an Instagram post published by Israel Folau in which the Australia full-back made homophobic remarks.

Israel Folau has said he is not anxious if the anti-LGBT comments he made on social media last week end his rugby career.

Hillsong pastor Brian Houston has reportedly deleted a Twitter comment where he also criticised Folau's social media comments. "This is my position on it", he said on his Instagram page. "I'm not a massive fan".

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