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Rugby bosses confirm meeting with Israel Folau over his dismissal

Mon 22 Apr 2019
By Alex Williams

Rugby bosses have confirmed they will discuss with Israel Folau their decision to sack the Christian sports star after he posted another controversial post on social media.

The 30 year old requested a Code of Conduct hearing with Rugby Australia last week, days after his contract was terminated by the country's governing body for the sport.

In a statement, it revealed the meeting shall take place in Sydney on Saturday 4th May.

 

The message continued: "The hearing will be heard by a three-member panel consisting of John West QC (Chair), Kate Eastman SC, and John Boultbee SC at the Rugby Australia Building in Sydney.

"Sunday 5th May has also been reserved in the event the hearing is required to extend to a second day."

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Journalists are not being allowed to sit in on the meeting, standard Rugby Australia procedure dictates.

The Wallabies and New South Wales Waratahs fullback was accused earlier this month of issuing a homophobic comment after he listed homosexuals among a list of people for whom "hell awaits" unless they repent.

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Folau had been "repeatedly" warned in the past about his activity on social media, Rugby Australia said when it announced his dismissal last Monday.

A statement issued at the time said: "It was made clear to him that any social media posts or commentary that is in any way disrespectful to people because of their sexuality will result in disciplinary action."

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Separately, the England rugby player - and Christian - Billy Vunipola received a formal warning from his club, Saracens, after he defended Israel Folau's comments.

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