Billy Vunipola Defends 'Liking' Israel Folau's Controversial Instagram Post

"The comments and the post that Israel Folau has made, not just in the last 24 hours but also past year when he was in the press for the same things, he doesn't represent me, and for that reason, I think he's left Rugby Australia with only one choice and that's to sack him".

Vunipola said he had been told by three people to withdraw his apparent support for Folau's post.

The England global and Saracens star posted a lengthy message on his Instagram account yesterday morning, backing Folau's message from the previous day in which he claimed that "hell awaits. drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators".

"Let's not get ahead of ourselves on the back of one pretty good performance, I just think we rush into that with individuals, not just Tom Banks but anyone", McKellar said. I'm telling you, out there people are terrified of saying anything.

The deeply religious Folau held talks with Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle on Friday, a day after she said she intends to fire him, barring mitigating circumstances, for posting on Instagram that "Hell awaits" homosexuals.

Rugby Australia announced plans to sack Folau after the Wallabies and Waratahs full-back sparked outrage with his opinions on homosexuality and gender this week. "We will be meeting with Billy to discuss his social media posts", the RFU said in statement. We want to make it clear that he does not speak for the game with his recent social media posts.

He said: "Man was made for woman to procreate - that was the goal, no?"

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"He's saying how we live our lives needs to be closer to how God intended". It hurts to know that.

Folau played 91 matches for Melbourne and Brisbane as well as eight State of Origins and eight Tests before switching to the AFL and rugby union.

"But that's why I believe there's a God".

"Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Rugby Union have made repeated attempts to contact Israel both directly and via his representatives since 6.30pm on Wednesday, and at this point he has failed to communicate directly with either organisation", the statement read.

ARL Commission chairman Peter Beattie has told the Sydney Morning Herald: "Israel Folau doesn't pass our inclusiveness culture, which is a policy strongly supported by the ARLC".

"Following today's meeting the two organisations will update their respective boards on the matter to consider next steps". Last weekend while playing for the Waratahs, Folau scored his 60th try, the most of any player in Super Rugby, breaking the record of former New Zealand winger Doug Howlett.

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