Israel Folau requests Rugby Australia hearing over anti-gay message

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Rugby Australia (RA) terminated Israel Folau's contract earlier this week following the fullback's latest homophobic outburst on social media.

A spokeswoman for The Workplace Employment Lawyers said RA can argue that Folau breached his contract by going against legally correct direction RA gave him.

The hearing process would involve a panel of three, a representative of RA, a representative of the players' union RUPA and an independent person approved by both organisations, who would be the chair.

"Israel Folau has today (Wednesday) responded to a breach of notice issued to him by Rugby Australia in relation to his social media posts on April 10", a statement sent out by RA reads.

Folau will now face a Code of Conduct hearing, the date of which is still to be confirmed.

Rugby Australia said it will now make all the necessary arrangements with the Rugby Union Players' Association to set up the hearing.

On Monday, Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika all but ruled out Folau's chances of featuring at the Rugby World Cup.

That is complicated by the fact that Rugby Australia is said to have not specifically included a clause constraining his social media activities in his reported $4 million contract.

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Beaten in the 2015 World Cup final by New Zealand, Australia are coming off their worst season in decades and have fallen to number six in the world, with few giving them much chance of lifting the silverware in Japan.

Owens, who is gay, has called for people like Folau to respect who he is.

Folau's place in the Waratahs for Saturday's clash at the Sydney Cricket Ground has been taken by Wallabies team-mate Kurtley Beale.

Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent.

While Folau found support from Wilson he was getting none from Wallabies vice-captain Will Genia.

Rugby league, the sport in which Folau started his career, is also turning its back on him. "So it's tough but I am fairly confident we have got the depth in our squad to be able to cover him".

Court, who has herself been criticised for her remarks about gay marriage and transgender people, said Folau had not targeted homosexuals with his Instagram post.

"I understand why Israel is doing this: You want everybody to know Christ and under it all there is a great love for your nation and you want people to know what you have received".

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