Rugby Australia has terminated their contract with Israel Folau over a social media post in which he said “hell awaits” gay people.
Folau, one of the sport’s top players, published a message on his Instagram account saying that hell awaits “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators”.
RA chief executive Raelene Castle said she and NSW Rugby Union chief Andrew Hore made “repeated attempts” to contact Folau directly and via his representatives but he failed to communicate with them.
Ms Castle said: “As a code we have made it clear to Israel formally and repeatedly that any social media posts or commentary that is in any way disrespectful to people because of their sexuality will result in disciplinary action.
“In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract.”
The decision comes just five months before the start of the Rugby World Cup in Japan.