Sport Israel Folau breaks silence, says he would walk away from Australian rugby, criticises Raelene Castle

01:36  17 april  2018
01:36  17 april  2018 Source:   Sydney Morning Herald

Folau tweets Bible verse ahead of meeting

  Folau tweets Bible verse ahead of meeting Israel Folau has tweeted a Bible verse about the righteous being persecuted before his meeting with Rugby Australia about his use of social media.Rugby Australia officials have been careful not to inflame the situation with Wallabies superstar Israel Folau on the eve of a meeting over his use of social media.

Rubgy Australia CEO Raelene Castle met with Israel Folau on Tuesday to discuss his online hate speech. At the time of publication, he 'd remained silent . They remain under pressure from major sponsor Qantas as well as the wider rugby community.

Rubgy Australia CEO Raelene Castle met with Israel Folau on Tuesday to discuss his online hate speech. At the time of publication, he 'd remained silent . They remain under pressure from major sponsor Qantas as well as the wider rugby community.

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Wallabies star Israel Folau has made the bombshell revelation that he would walk away from Australian rugby immediately if asked to, while also accusing the code’s chief executive Raelene Castle of misrepresenting his “position and comments” during a press conference last week.

Since saying on Instagram almost two weeks ago that god’s plan for gay people was “HELL”, Folau has copped plenty of criticism for the remark.

FitzSimmons' stern advice for Folau

  FitzSimmons' stern advice for Folau Sports Sunday panellist Peter FitzSimmons has given some stern advice for outspoken Wallabies star Israel Folau regarding his views on homosexuality. Folau has been extremely vocal about his beliefs, stemming originally from a reply to a comment on his personal Instagram page, and FitzSimmons is worried about the impact of Folau’s comments.“Israel, this is not going well for you. Just pull your bloody head in, play football and stop this because it’s hurting people,” he said.“The serious thing is, it is hurting people, particularly gay people and people with gay children, gay friends.

Israel Folau , who has 62 caps for the Wallabies national team, has been summoned to meet the head of Rugby Australia , Raelene Castle , who said his comment had “upset a number of people”.

Israel Folau has given no firm commitment to Rugby Australia that he will be silenced on social media as the game's chief executive Raelene Castle confirmed there would be ongoing discussions with the Wallabies and Waratahs star to make sure he remained respectful online.

He met with Castle and New South Wales Rugby boss Andrew Hore last Monday to talk about his use of social media.

In a column for Players Voice published on Monday evening, Folau has revealed what was said at the meeting and made it clear he won’t be backing down from his religious beliefs.

“After we’d all talked, I told Raelene if she felt the situation had become untenable – that I was hurting Rugby Australia, its sponsors and the Australian rugby community to such a degree that things couldn’t be worked through – I would walk away from my contract, immediately," said Folau, who is off contract at the end of the year. "At no stage over the past two weeks have I wanted that to happen.

“There have been things written about me angling to get a release from my Rugby Australia deal to pursue an NRL contract. That simply isn’t true. There have been rugby offers from the UK, Europe and Japan that are way above anything I could earn in Australia.

Israel Folau shows no sign of backing down from social media views

  Israel Folau shows no sign of backing down from social media views Israel Folau has managed to fend off any immedaite sanction, and has given no firm commitment to Rugby Australia that he will be silenced on social media.Israel Folau has given no firm commitment to Rugby Australia that he will be silenced on social media as the game's chief executive Raelene Castle confirmed there would be ongoing discussions with the Wallabies and Waratahs star to make sure he remained respectful online.

Israel Folau has not been formally sanctioned by Rugby Australia after anti - gay comments he Folau met with Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle and Waratahs boss Andrew Hore He refused to guarantee he wouldn’t make such comments again and will walk away from the game

ISRAEL Folau has admitted he could have conveyed his religious views on gay people in a more positive way, according to Rugby Australia chief Raelene Castle .

"This is not about money or bargaining power or contracts. It’s about what I believe in and never compromising that, because my faith is far more important to me than my career and always will be.”

Folau said he then went home and turned on the television, only to be “really disappointed” with Castle’s comments during a press conference afterwards in which she said: "Israel acknowledged that maybe he could have put a positive spin on that same message and done it in a less disrespectful way".

“I felt Raelene misrepresented my position and my comments," Folau said. "And did so to appease other people, which is an issue I need to discuss with her and others at Rugby Australia.

© AAP "I believe the Bible is the truth and sometimes the truth can be difficult to hear": Israel Folau. “When I spoke to Raelene about walking away, it was to help the game, not harm it, in the event we couldn’t come to an understanding.

Alan Jones offers Israel Folau free legal representation against Rugby Australia

  Alan Jones offers Israel Folau free legal representation against Rugby Australia Wouldn't this be a feisty battle!Israel Folau might need a good lawyer as Rugby Australia prepare for war over his religious views.

Israel Folau , a three-time Australian player of the year, faces a backlash over The remark appears to breach Rugby Australia 's inclusion policy designed to stamp out discrimination and homophobia in the game, and chief executive Raelene Castle distanced the governing body from Folau 's views.

Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle says the door is still wide open for Israel Folau to recommit to the 15-man code despite a recent clash in views between the two parties.

“I used to believe I was defined by my actions on the footy field, but I see now that’s not true.

“During the meeting, I told them it was never my intention to hurt anyone with the Instagram comment, but that I could never shy away from who I am, or what I believe. They explained their position and talked about external pressure from the media, sponsors and different parts of the community, which I understand."

Folau explained why he posted the comment but reinforced his views that homosexuals are sinners.

“In the comments section of that post, I was asked a question by somebody about what God’s plan is for gay people," Folau said. "My response to the question is what I believe God’s plan is for all sinners, according to my understanding of my Bible teachings, specifically 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10:

"Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor the drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

NRL boss makes stunning call on Folau future

  NRL boss makes stunning call on Folau future NRL Chief Executive Officer Todd Greenberg has shared his thoughts on the saga involving controversial Wallabies star Israel Folau.NRL Chief Executive Officer Todd Greenberg has said the code would welcome back controversial star Israel Folau despite his views on homosexuality.

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Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle and Waratahs boss Andrew Hore will meet with Folau to 'discuss his use of social media', according to a statement. Castle said they were taking Folau 's comments 'seriously'. Australian football star Israel Folau has said gay people deserve to

"I do not know the person who asked the question, but that didn’t matter. I believed he was looking for guidance and I answered him honestly and from the heart. I know a lot of people will find that difficult to understand, but I believe the Bible is the truth and sometimes the truth can be difficult to hear.

"I think of it this way: you see someone who is about to walk into a hole and have the chance to save him. He might be determined to maintain his course and doesn’t want to hear what you have to say. But if you don’t tell him the truth, as unpopular as it might be, he is going to fall into that hole. What do you do?

"I fronted the cover of the Star Observer magazine to show my support for the Bingham Cup, which is an international gay rugby competition for both men and women. I believe in inclusion. In my heart, I know I do not have any phobia towards anyone.

"With everything that has been said and written, many people over the past six months have told me they think I am wrong, either to my face or via social media.

"I won’tto go into the specifics – some of it has been pretty heavy, and from people close to me – but they let it be known that their views differed from mine. I don’t have any issue with this.

"Every individual in this world is different and we have all experienced things that have shaped us in unique ways.

"I don’t expect everyone to believe what I believe. That goes for teammates, friends and even family members, some of whom are gay.

"I don’t pretend to have all the answers in life. It can be difficult making the right decisions."

Super Rugby star slams Folau .
Super Rugby player Brad Weber has spoken out about Israel Folau's stance on homosexuality, saying the Waratahs fullback's opinion "disgusts me".Super Rugby player Brad Weber has spoken out about Israel Folau’s stance on homosexuality, taking to Twitter to say that the Waratahs fullback’s opinion “disgusts me”.

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