Israel Folau’s contract has been terminated over his homophobic comments after Rugby Australia’s integrity unit found the full-back to have “committed a high-level breach of the Professional Players’ Code of Conduct”, ruling him out of the Rugby World Cup.
The 73-cap international, who was committed to a multi-million dollar contract with RA until the end of 2022, has 48 hours to accept the sanction or face a code of conduct hearing.
Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle said: “Israel was warned formally and repeatedly about the expectations of him as player for the Wallabies and NSW Waratahs with regards to social media use and he has failed to meet those obligations.
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“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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