Rugby Australia has officially issued Wallaby star Israel Folau with a notice of termination following his controversial social media post last week.
Folau has already been stood down by the Waratahs and his rugby union career in Australia appears over, while a return to his roots in league has been ruled out by the Australian Rugby League.
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.
Folau has 48 hours to respond to accept Rugby Australia’s sanction, or have the matter referred to a code of conduct hearing.
The 30-year old fullback and sometimes wing shared a graphic on Instagram that stated that “hell awaits” homosexuals and those guilty of other “sins” mentioned on the Instagram.
Rugby Australia regards his conduct as a high-level breach of the Professional Players' Code of Conduct’,
The Rugby Australia statements reads: “At its core, this is an issue of the responsibilities an employee owes to their employer, and the commitments they make to their employer to abide by their employer’s policies and procedures and adhere to their employer’s values,
“Following the events of last year, 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. It was made clear to him that any social media posts or commentary that is in any way disrespectful to people because of their sexuality will result in disciplinary action.
“All professional rugby players in Australia are bound by the code of conduct, and there is a process in place for any disciplinary matter. We appreciate that this particular matter will attract significant interest, but due process must be followed.”