Billy Vunipola explains support for Folau after social media posts

Wallabies star Israel Folau fought to save his career Friday as he met with Australian rugby chiefs over a homophobia row that left him facing the sack just months before the World Cup.

That lead to a warning from Rugby Australia any further posts containing hate speech would lead to the end of his contract.

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

Folau, who has warned that hell awaits drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators, told the Sydney Morning Herald the furore over his comments has not prompted him to change his stance.

Wallaby Israel Folau (left) and coach Michael Cheika. "It will be handled internally", the Premiership Rugby club commented.

Some two hours later, Folau - who a year ago garnered widespread criticism over similar comments - wrote on Instagram "those that are living in sin will end up in hell unless you repent".

Following today's meeting the two organizations will update their respective Boards on the matter to consider next steps.

"Rugby is an inclusive sport, and we do not support these views", it said in a statement.

The Rugby Players Association said in a brief statement it acknowledged an individual's right to their own beliefs, but criticized Vunipola's comments. Beyond his fierce commitment to his faith, it remains a mystery as to what had motivated Folau to continue his social media outbursts after being warned past year to express his views in a "respectful" manner.

"In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract."
But it seems as though that door has been slammed in the star's face.

Folau's spectacular fall from grace even had the prime minister weighing in on Friday.

Folau said it was "a tough time" for him but "I have love towards everyone that might be saying negative things".

"What he's saying isn't that he doesn't like or love those people. RUPA will work alongside Israel and his representatives, the NSW Rugby Union and Rugby Australia to ensure that this process is followed".

The Lions looked set to pinch the lead back before half-time only for Brumbies hooker Folau Faingaa to pounce on a dropped ball and boot it 50 metres downfield.

The two sides met on Friday with the dual worldwide, who started his career in rugby league, expected to go through a code of conduct hearing amid reports that he may have a legal case for religious discrimination.

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