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Folau to face wrath of ARU following anti-gay posts



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Rugby Australia has described a social media post by Wallabies and Waratahs fullback Israel Folau “unacceptable” and “disrespectful” and are taking action.

The Waratahs fullback made similar comments last year but escaped punishment from the ARU. This time he may not be as fortunate.

On Wednesday the fullback published a post on his Instagram account saying “hell awaits” gay people and “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters” should “repent” because “only Jesus saves”, and made similar remarks on his Twitter account.

Thirty-year-old Folau sent a tweet criticizing the Tasmanian parliament, which has become the first Australian state to make it legally optional to list gender on birth certificates.

In a statement following the posts Rugby Australia said that they have been made aware of the post and have engaged their “Integrity Unit”.

“Rugby Australia is aware of a post made by on his Instagram account this afternoon.”

“The content within the post is unacceptable. It does not represent the values of the sport and is disrespectful to members of the Rugby community.”

“The Rugby Australia Integrity Unit has been engaged on the matter tonight.”

A year ago in April 2018 Folau met with rugby chiefs about limiting his use of social media.

Folau signed a four-year $4m deal with the Wallabies and Waratahs in March and last week became Super rugby’s most prolific try scorer overtaking Doug Howlett with 60 tries.

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