Billy Vunipola Defends 'Liking' Israel Folau's Controversial Instagram Post

Israel Folau

Israel Folau

Newly unemployed rugby union star Israel Folau has met with Rugby Australia after it terminated his contract over ongoing anti-LGBTI social media posts.

"But in Ezekiel, chapter 33, verse 11, it says that "God has no pleasure in the person that's living in sin".

Saracens and England No 8 Billy Vunipola was drawn into the issue when he "liked" Folau's post and then made a statement of his own backing his rival - he will have to meet the RFU to explain his position. The 26-year-old player has been summoned by the Rugby Football Union while his club, Saracens, has condemned the comments and said the matter would be "handled internally".

Brumbies flyer Tom Banks put his hand up to replace Wallabies fullback Israel Folau with a stunning return to form against the Lions in Super Rugby.

Former Australian rugby worldwide and author, Peter Fitzsimmons, says Folau's time is up.

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Banks debuted and played four Tests for Australia previous year but Brumbies coach Dan McKellar was quick to temper his rise into Folau's boots.

There has been heavy fallout, with numerous media columnists opining on what the decision meant for the country and Australian politicians wading in.

He said he would regard such a decision as "God's will".

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday called his comments "terribly insensitive".

Opposition leader Bill Shorten said RA and the Waratahs had taken the right action.

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Slippery slope for free speech?

"Let's not get ahead of ourselves on the back of one pretty good performance, I just think we rush into that with individuals, not just Tom Banks but anyone", McKellar said. "We managed to play with speed and tempo and that was our plan", McKellar said.

The multi-million dollar contract Folau signed in February looks certain to be torn up unless he can convince his employers that there are "compelling mitigating factors" for sharing the post.

Central Coast Mariners midfielder Mario Shabow has shown his support for controversial sacked rugby star Israel Folau - before deleting the evidence from social media.

Speaking to Sydney Morning Herald from his Truth Of Jesus Christ Church at Kenthurst, Folau said he is "absolutely content" walking away from rugby if he feels he is forced to compromise his religious faith.

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"And after talking to some commissioners [on Thursday], we don't support him playing rugby league again". The club will talk to him in due course.

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