Billy Vunipola Is Now In Trouble Following Controversial Backing Of Israel Folau

Billy Vunipola Is Now In Trouble Following Controversial Backing Of Israel Folau

Saracens have responded to social media posts by their England global, Billy Vunipola, in which he defended Israel Folau following his homophobic Instagram post.

Wallabies star Folau posted anti-gay comments on his Instagram on Wednesday and declared that "hell awaits" homosexuals as well as drunks, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators.

Folau, who signed a four-year deal with the Waratahs in March and had a deal with Rugby Australia until 2022, escaped punishment for similar comments last year.

'Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union have met with Israel Folau in Sydney today, ' they said in a statement.

Folau's comments have been widely condemned and Rugby Australia (RA) are planning to terminate his contract.

Asked by an Australian reporter if he regretted what he said in his posts and how he was feeling now that his career was "all but over", Folau remained silent and hastily got into a waiting auto, before being driven away.

"Israel Folau fails the NRL's inclusiveness culture, which is a policy strongly supported by the ARLC", Beattie told reporters.

It comes as Sport Australia boss Kate Palmer commended Rugby Australia's strong stance against discrimination and vilification and urged all sports to follow suit.

"The ARLC therefore would not support his registration to play NRL".

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Beattie acted swiftly as rugby league works to rebuild its own reputation after the new season was overshadowed by a string of sex and alcohol scandals. The image also states that "only Jesus saves".

The post remained online Friday, and had attracted more than 27,000 likes.

RA and NSW Rugby had on Thursday night said Castle had been unable to "directly contact" Folau to advise him of her intention to terminate his $4 million four- year contract.

"Israel's comments were insensitive and it's important that when you're in public life, you're just very mindful of being sensitive to other Australians and that you speak with that empathy", he said.

"I think we're always conscious of it - with the last day and a half, (the message is) probably just to be more careful of what we're doing".

Folau has previously refused to back down from his extreme religious views, and footage of him preaching to fellow churchgoers last month, obtained by the Daily Telegraph, showed how deeply his opinions are held.

It was touted that North Queensland could be interested in his services after Ben Barba received a life ban and they missed out on Valentine Holmes, who's in the USA pursuing his National Football League dream. These people do it in vain.

Folau, who has 73 caps for the Wallabies, was nearly certain to be Michael Cheika's starting full-back at the upcoming World Cup.

Dane Haylett-Petty is shaping as the frontrunner to wear the number 15 jersey, although Kurtley Beale could also comfortably operate at fullback.

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