England Player Defends Folau's 'Hell Awaits' Gay People Post

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"This is my position on it", Vunipola wrote on Instagram. It created a social media backlash and a threat of being fired by his Australian rugby bosses.

But the meeting with the NSW Waratahs fullback, who was embroiled in a similar controversy a year ago, did nothing to alter the governing body's stance. His silence prompted the governing body to issue a statement.

"Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Rugby Union have made repeated attempts to contact Israel both directly and via his representatives since 6.30pm on Wednesday, and at this point he has failed to communicate directly with either organisation".

"Rugby is a sport that continuously works to unite people". He declined to answer. "It will be handled internally", the Premiership Rugby club commented.

"Following today's meeting, the two organisations will update their respective boards on the matter to consider next steps", they said in a statement.

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.

Folau listed homosexuals as one of eight groups of people for whom "Hell awaits", and Rugby Australia have said they intend to fire the 62-Test fullback.

Folau met with officials from the ARU and the NSW Waratahs on Friday to discuss the post but a statement after that meeting said their "joint position was unchanged".

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Folau admitted he would miss rugby, but said he was dedicated to God.

"What he's saying isn't that he doesn't like or love those people".

Australia's National Rugby League has ruled out Folau switching codes to rugby league.

While missing David Pocock, the Brumbies at least had the Wallabies trio of prop Scott Sio, hooker Folau Fainga'a and lock Rory Arnold back in the team, and their extra power proved decisive.

If Folau's contract is terminated, Banks will battle for the Wallabies No. 15 jersey with Reece Hodge, Dane Haylett-Petty and Jack Maddocks.

But former Wallabies great and 2007 World Cup skipper, Stirling Mortlock, is unconcerned by Folau's potential disgraceful axing from the World Cup. I'm not flawless. I'm at least everything on that list at least at one point in my life.

"You have to be pretty holistic about things at times".

An Australian television news channel questioned Folau on the street after the meeting.

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