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Published: 08:28 | 17/4/19

Folau to contest sack notice


Israel Folau has requested a code of conduct hearing after he was issued a breach notice by Rugby Australia.

On Monday, Folau was served with a sack notice by Rugby Australia after the devout Christian sparked outrage for anti-gay comments he posted on social media.

The 30-year-old had 48 hours to accept the sanction or request a code of conduct hearing and he has chosen the latter, which will be arranged by Rugby Australia and the Rugby Union Players’ Association (RUPA).

“Israel has responded formally today to request a code of conduct hearing which, under the circumstances, was not an unexpected outcome,” Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle said in a statement on Wednesday.

“We will now work to confirm a date for the hearing as soon as possible.

“After the date for the hearing is confirmed Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union will make no further comment on the matter until the code of conduct process has concluded.”

Folau courted controversy when he posted an image on his Instagram account, which read: "Warning. Drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators. Hell awaits you. Repent! Only Jesus saves.".

As well as the post on Instagram, he took to Twitter to condemn Tasmania's decision to make gender optional on birth certificates, writing: “The devil has blinded so many people in this world, REPENT and turn away from your evil ways. Turn to Jesus Christ who will set you free.”

Shortly before the sack notice was issued, Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika confirmed that Folau would not be selected for the Rugby World Cup later this year.   

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