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Israel Folau guilty of breaching Rugby Australia’s code of conduct

Israel Folau guilty of breaching Rugby Australia’s code of conduct
May 7, 2019

Israel Folau has been found guilty of a 'high level breach' of Rugby Australia's player code of conduct after he said "hell awaits" gay people in a social media post.

A three-person panel who presided over his hearing will now consider what punishment the 30-year-old will face.

His Rugby Australia contract was terminated in April but he requested a hearing.

The Waratahs full-back, contracted with Rugby Australia until 2022, escaped punishment for similar comments last year.

The panel will take written submissions from both parties before deciding Folau's sanction.

Folau - who has won 73 caps and was expected to play at this year's World Cup in Japan - gave evidence on Saturday, with Rugby Australia Chief Executive Raelene Castle and Waratahs Chief Executive Andrew Hore also appearing before the panel.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has said Folau is unlikely to be selected for Australia again.

In addition to his rugby union career, Folau has also played professional rugby league and Australian rules football.

In April, last month the NRL ruled out Folau returning to rugby league.

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