Published: Sat, April 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Israel Folau requests code of conduct hearing over social media posts

Israel Folau requests code of conduct hearing over social media posts

On the other hand, it will be argued that Folau is in breach of his employment contract, or at least Rugby Australia's code of conduct.

Reports claim Rugby Australia did not take action against Folau past year amid fears it would become a freedom of speech case.

Folau's controversial instagram post comprised a meme that called on "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters" to repent from their sins.

If Folau accepts the punishment - he would leave without getting a payout.

The Wallabies coach says Folau's comments are too damaging to team culture to warrant another selection. Folau confirmed to RA on Wednesday that he wanted a hearing to fight his dismissal.

Israel Folau is facing a code of conduct hearing for his post on social media, and could be sacked.

"I understand why Israel is doing this: you want everybody to know Christ and under it all there is a great love for your nation and you want people to know what you have received".

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"You can go around and have a laugh with him [John], have a joke, just let him know it's not awkward, it's no refection on him", said Waratahs captain Nick Phipps.

"What he is saying about repenting is straight out of the Bible. But my faith in Jesus Christ is what comes first".

Court, who won a record 24 Grand Slam singles titles, is now a church pastor and no stranger to controversial views.

Declaring on Monday that Folau was in breach of contract, Castle said: "Following the events of previous year, Israel was warned formally and repeatedly about the expectations of him as a player for the Wallabies and NSW Waratahs with regards to social media use and he has failed to meet those obligations".

Chief executive Raelene Castle said: "Israel has responded formally today to request a code of conduct hearing which, under the circumstances, was not an unexpected outcome".

The latest developments are somewhat of an about turn from Folau who, in his first interview since the controversy, indicated he was prepared to let go of his rugby career. He signed an undisclosed new deal previous year, and made at least one list as the highest-paid rugby player in the world.

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