Rugby star Israel Folau requests hearing over ‘hell awaits gay people’ comments


Officials will now make arrangements with the Rugby Union Players' Association to bring together the hearing. Folau confirmed to RA on Wednesday that he wanted a hearing to fight his dismissal.

"Folau has requested the matter be referred to a Code of Conduct hearing".

Just a few hours before RA announced Folau had been served with the breach notice, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said he he wouldnt be able to select him him for the World Cup under the circumstances.

In an interview with British radio station talkSPORT, the Welshman was highly critical of Folau reasserting his homophobic beliefs in social media posts last week.

Beaten in the 2015 World Cup final by New Zealand, Australia are coming off their worst season in decades and have fallen to number six in the world, with few giving them much chance of lifting the silverware in Japan.

Folau says he's doing God's will.

It was last Thursday when RA first announced its intention to sack the three-times John Eales Medal victor after Folau made public two religious posts attacking, among others, gay and transgender people.

Australian media reports state that Folau has hired a well-known lawyer, Rami Qutami, to assist in his defence hearing.

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Speaking on the Fox Rugby Podcast following Folau's decision to contest his contract termination, Genia said he knew the fallen fullback as a "lovely, humble guy".

"Quoting the Bible or reciting a well established position around morality and private morality I don't think crosses that line", he said.

She has stressed the action taken against Folau is about the issue of responsibilities an employee owes to their employer rather than punishment for his religious beliefs.

"First and foremost, I live for God now", Folau told The Sydney Morning Herald Sunday.

"He's got to realise that there are other people within that group, both at the Waratahs and Wallabies, that have certain beliefs as well, that very much conflict with what he's come out and said and done", Genia added.

An image of Israel Folau is seen next to an anti-homophobia and inclusion framework statement of commitment at Rugby Australia headquarters.

But the man purported to be Folau - aside from looking nothing like him - is missing the 30-year-old's distinctive upper arm tattoos.

Clubs in Europe will also be wary of signing a player who comes with considerable baggage and even Toulon have rejected the possibility of offering an escape route.