Israel Folau: Rugby bosses meet with player and position is 'unchanged'

Israel Folau

"As the meeting was held in confidence between the player and his employers, Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union will not comment on the discussions at the meeting", RA said.

Israel Folau of the Waratahs warms up during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Sunwolves at McDonald Jones Stadium on March 29, 2019 in Newcastle, Australia.

Rugby authorities say in the "absence of compelling mitigating factors" they intend to terminate the contract of 30-year-old Folau, who has played 73 worldwide matches for his country.

But the meeting with the NSW Waratahs fullback, who was embroiled in a similar controversy previous year, did nothing to alter the governing body's stance.

The gay journalist opened up about how Folau's recent social media posts affected him on Sports Sunday.

Speaking to Sydney Morning Herald from his Truth Of Jesus Christ Church at Kenthurst, Folau said he is "absolutely content" walking away from rugby if he feels he is forced to compromise his religious faith.

"Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Rugby Union have made repeated attempts to contact Israel both directly and via his representatives since 6.30pm on Wednesday, and at this point he has failed to communicate directly with either organisation".

Australia's National Rugby League has ruled out Folau switching codes to rugby league.

"Rugby is an inclusive sport, and we do not support these views", an RFU spokesperson said.

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'Our joint position regarding Israel Folau is unchanged'.

Houston tweeted that Folau's "way is not the right way", after the Wallabies star doubled down on his harmful rhetoric by sharing a meme informing the masses that hell awaited "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters".

The post remained online Friday, and had attracted more than 27,000 likes. However, with the Wallabies key sponsor Qantas livid at his latest comments, rugby bosses have taken a hard line.

"You know it's important that people act with love and care and compassion to their fellow citizens and to speak sensitively to their fellow Australians", Morrison said.

Folau escaped sanction when he posted similar comments a year ago but RA took a much harder line when, having repeatedly warned him against it, the player repeated the offence.

He attacked Christmas and Easter as "man-made" traditions followed by "heathens".

"Obviously it's a tough time but for me I find comfort in obviously what the Bible says".

"I choose to love them because God loves me".

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