Rugby Australia and New South Wales confirm meeting with Folau; say position is 'unchanged'

Rugby Australia and New South Wales have said their position regarding Israel Folau is "unchanged" following a meeting with the fullback.

Rugby Australia and New South Wales confirm meeting with Folau; say position is 'unchanged'

Rugby Australia (RA) and New South Wales (NSW) have said their position regarding Israel Folau is "unchanged" following a meeting with the fullback.

A statement released on Friday clarified that the two organisations have met with Folau in Sydney.

RA and NSW announced yesterday that they are to

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The Wallabies star was warned last year, but avoided any disciplinary action, for making homophobic comments on his social media channels.

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The statement went on to say that they had "made repeated attempts to contact Israel both directly and via his representative" but "he has failed to communicate directly with either organisation".

Israel Folau
Israel Folau

Today, RA and NSW confirmed they had met the player, stating: "As the meeting was held in confidence between the player and his employers, Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union will not comment on the discussions at the meeting.

"Following today’s meeting the two organisations will update their respective Boards on the matter to consider next steps.

"Our joint position regarding Israel Folau is unchanged."

In this latest incident with Folau, a message published on his Instagram account on Wednesday read that “hell awaits” for “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators.”

Folau said on Instagram: “Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him.”

The 30-year-old has won 73 caps and would have been a key part of Australia head coach Michael Cheika’s World Cup plans this year. Last weekend, he broke the Super Rugby try-scoring record.

His contract, which is set to be terminated, with the Wallabies and Waratahs runs until 2022.

- Digital Desk & Press Association

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