Israel Folau to challenge Rugby Australia's decision to sack him

Australia's Israel Folau runs in to score their first try in a Rugby Union match with England at Twickenham Stadium Lond

Israel Folau requests Rugby Australia hearing over anti-gay message

The Wallabies star has requested a code of conduct hearing over the notice, which will decide the fate of his multi-million dollar contract.

The union's integrity unit ruled Folau had committed a "high-level breach of the Professional Players' Code of Conduct", warranting the termination of his employment contract, and he was given 48 hours to accept the breach of contract or refer it to a hearing.

RA added on Wednesday that they would work with the Rugby Union Players' Association on the schedule of the hearing.

With Folau's rugby future in extreme doubt as he remains stood down pending a code of conduct hearing, Beale will switch from centre to fullback for Saturday's crucial clash with Australian conference leaders Melbourne Rebels at the SCG.

Rugby Australia has moved to sack Folau on the grounds his post was a code of conduct breach by failing to adhere to the sport's policies and values of inclusiveness.

Israel Folau of the Wallabies during The Rugby Championship Bledisloe Cup match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australia Wallabies at Forsyth Barr Stadium on August 26, 2017 in Dunedin, New Zealand.

In an interview with British radio station talkSPORT, the Welshman was highly critical of Folau reasserting his homophobic beliefs in social media posts last week.

Folau has won 73 caps and was expected to play at this year's World Cup in Japan.

According to RA, Folau has since signalled his intention to challenge the sanction, with the matter set for a tribunal hearing. Rugby Australia said it plans to terminate his contract.

The No 8 showed support for Folau's post and on his own Instagram account wrote that "Man was made for woman to pro create that was the goal no?"

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

Hooper said in rugby it was traditional to accept your team-mates "warts and all" but he found it hard to ignore Folau's anti-gay views.

An image of Israel Folau is seen next to an anti-homophobia and inclusion framework statement of commitment at Rugby Australia headquarters. The former Leinster supremo said he would not pick him to play Test rugby again. I certainly think it makes it a bit uncomfortable for people within both those teams and environments to sort of relate to him and, moving forward, maybe even play with him.

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