World Rugby 17.4.2018 12:36 am

Folau ready to walk away from Australian rugby over beliefs

Wallabies superstar Israel Folau says he is ready to walk away from his Rugby Australia contract as his religious faith is “more important to me than my career” after an uproar over anti-gay comments he posted online.

Folau, a devout Christian and one of the code's most marketable players, wrote on social media this month that God's plan for gay people was hell unless they repented their sins.

Folau ready to walk away from Australian rugby over beliefs
Folau ready to walk away from Australian rugby over beliefs

Folau ready to walk away from Australian rugby over beliefs

Wallabies superstar Israel Folau says he is ready to walk away from his Rugby Australia contract as his religious faith is “more important to me than my career” after an uproar over anti-gay comments he posted online.

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Wallaby star Israel Folau is ‘banishing’ gay people again!

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France rugby team’s flight delayed as police interview ‘potential witnesses’
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World Rugby hits back at ‘inaccurate’ Samoa PM claims
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Daly leads try-rush as England beat Australia
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World Rugby denies ‘humiliation’ as 2023 World Cup goes to France
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England rest Farrell and Itoje for Argentina Test
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