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Folau deal cancelled following anti-LGBT comments

11th April 2019, 15:25 by Chris Rivers

Israel Folau's contract with Rugby Australia is to be terminated in response to his latest anti-LGBT post on social media.

The 30-year-old only signed a new contract with the New South Wales Waratahs in February, committing him to the Wallabies set-up until 2022 following his successful cross-code switch from rugby league.

The full-back has won 73 caps for Australia and was expected to be a key part of head coach Michael Cheika's plans for this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan.

However, he will now not feature at the global showpiece event after Rugby Australia and New South Wales Rugby Union took the decision to terminate his deal in light of recent comments on his Instagram page.

Folau, a devout Christian, posted on social media on Wednesday that "hell awaits" homosexuals, while he also criticised Tasmania's decision to become the first Australian state to give people the option whether to list gender on birth certificates.

Folau has previously made anti-LGBT comments on Twitter and Australian rugby's governing body has now decided to act on his lastest post.

"He does not speak for the game with his recent social media posts," Rugby Australia said. "In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract.

"Israel has failed to understand that the expectation of him as a Rugby Australia and NSW Waratahs employee is that he cannot share material on social media that condemns, vilifies or discriminates against people on the basis of their sexuality," the governing bodies said in a statement.

"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."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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