Folau's latest anti-gay rant could end career and Wallabies World Cup dreams

Folau's latest anti-gay rant could end career and Wallabies World Cup dreams

The Wallabies and Waratahs fullback and sometimes wing Israel Folau's contract is set to be terminated by Rugby Australia.

This follows the Wallabies superstar’s latest anti-gay rant and will no doubt influence the Wallabies' World Cup plans and performance.

Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle confirmed late on Thursday that they would act against Folau saying that, unless Rugby Australia receive "compelling mitigating factors", they plan to sack Folau.

Castle said in a joint statement with New South Wales Rugby that “whilst Israel is entitled to his religious beliefs, the way in which he has expressed these beliefs is inconsistent with the values of the sport”.

Rugby Australia have had no response from the leading try-scorer in Super Rugby history since he posted anti-gay comments on social media on Wednesday.

Folau, who has been in trouble following a series of  provocative posts last year,  has now called on "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters" on an Instagram post to repent for their sins or else "hell awaits" them.

His fate appeared to have been sealed earlier on Thursday when Wallabies team sponsor Qantas publicly expressed its displeasure at the comments.

Qantas, who threatened to pull its sponsorship last year after Folau’s post, hit out over the latest post, calling it "really disappointing" and Rugby Australia confirmed they intend to terminate his contract.

The comments “clearly don't reflect the spirit of inclusion and diversity that we support”, Qantas said.

The airline, whose CEO Alan Joyce is openly gay, said Folau's social media post was “really disappointing”.

 

 

 

 

 

♦  Folau recently signed a multi-season, multimillion-dollar contract.