Israel Folau and controversial homophobic comments saga continues

10:11 (GMT+2) Mon, 15 Apr 2019

Wallabies rugby player Israel Folau stood by his controversial anti-gay comments on Sunday and said he was content to walk away from rugby with his faith in God taking priority.

The deeply religious 30-year-old caused a row last week after posting on Instagram that "Hell awaits" homosexuals and other sinners. It sparked a fierce backlash and Rugby Australia said it planned to sack him.

The two sides met on Friday with the dual international, who started his career in rugby league, expected to go through a code of conduct hearing amid reports that he may have a legal case for religious discrimination.

Folau's career was hanging by a thread on Monday as the Wallabies fullback was given 48 hours to respond to a code of conduct breach notice or be fired over anti-gay comments.

On Sunday Folau, Super Rugby's record try-scorer, told the Sydney Morning Herald he was ready for life without rugby, saying, "I live for God now".

"Whatever His will is, whether that's to continue playing or not, I'm more than happy to do what He wants me to do," Folau said.

This is a developing story.


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