Billy Vunipola defends post telling gay people 'hell awaits'

A dejected Isreal Folau of the Waratahs looks on during the Super Rugby Match between the Highlanders and the Waratahs at Forsyth Barr Stadium Dunedin New Zealand 14 March 2015. Credit Joe Allison

Isreal Folua with met with ARU CEO Raelene Castle. Source

Wallabies star Israel Folau has finally broken his silence after he made headlines across the world this week with yet another homophobic post on social media.

Israel Folau of the Waratahs warms up during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Sunwolves at McDonald Jones Stadium on March 29, 2019 in Newcastle, Australia.

"And after talking to some commissioners [last] tonight, we don't support him playing rugby league again".

The Saracens have subsequently issued a statement saying that Vunipola's comments are "inconsistent" with the club's beliefs and that internal discipline procedures will follow, however it appears that Vunipola's activity have already had repercussions, with Channel 4 dropping Vunipola as the face of their European rugby coverage. We want to make it clear that he does not speak for the game with his recent social media posts.

But some have offered words of support for Folau suggesting that whatever else happens in the coming days and months leading up to the World Cup Australian rugby is set to have a bitter and ongoing feud where questions over coaches, selection and Folau's potential dismissal will infuriate an already struggling global side and their supporters.

Israel Folau and his wife Maria meeting with representatives of the Rugby Union Players Association on Friday.

Folau posted a message on Instagram that said "hell awaits" drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters along with "REPENT!"

Others, like Billy Vunipola, have come out in support of Folau's right to express his own views.

"But in Ezekiel, chapter 33, verse 11, it says that "God has no pleasure in the person that's living in sin".

Israel Folau says he would be content if Rugby Australia ended his professional career by tearing up his $4 million contract, declaring God would choose his path for him.

But Rugby Australia responded to his latest posts by stating their intention to terminate his contract and he has been stood down by the Waratahs until further notice.

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It sparked a fierce backlash and Rugby Australia said it planned to sack him.

"I don't HATE anyone, neither do I think I'm ideal", Vunipola added.

Rugby authorities say in the "absence of compelling mitigating factors" they intend to terminate the contract of 30-year-old Folau, who has played 73 global matches for his country.

No suspension was imposed on Folau, but NSW Rugby confirmed it would stand him down. I'm not flawless I'm at least everything on that list at least at one point in my life.

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