Israel Folau WILL challenge breach notice from Rugby Australia

Israel Folau in action for the Wallabies

Folau has played professional rugby union rugby league and Australian rules football

Mitchell's tweet was posted in response to the development that Folau would challenge Rugby Australia's attempts to sack him, via a code of conduct hearing in coming weeks.

On Sunday he struck a different tone when he told the Sydney Morning Herald that he was ready for life without rugby, saying, "I live for God now".

National Rugby League stars Benji Marshall and James Graham echoed similar views, telling Fox Sports they could not see a way for the controversial player to return to their sport. "Whatever He wants me to do, I believe His plans for me are better than whatever I can think".

Castle said Folau was warned formally and repeatedly a year ago about the expectation of him as a Wallabies and Waratahs player in regards to his social media use, following similar controversial posts.

Galatians 5:19‭-‬21 KJV _ Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Folau, 30, had previously been warned about his social media use well before he said gay people would go to hell in an Instagram post last week. Drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators. He also quoted Galatians 5:19-21: "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God".

The star fullback also retweeted a story about Tasmania allowing gender to be optional on birth certificates. He wrote: "The devil has blinded so many people in this world, REPENT and turn away from your evil ways".

Israel Folau will appeal Rugby Australia's decision to serve him with a breach notice for his recent posts on social media.

The Daily Telegraph says that Folau, who inked a $4 million four year deal last year, refused to have the additional clauses retrospectively inserted into the contract. His Instagram bio reads, "Living for Jesus Christ".

She has stressed the action taken against Folau is about the issue of responsibilities an employee owes to their employer rather than punishment for his religious beliefs.

"I've refereed those players in the past and they've treated me with respect", Owens said.

Michael Foust is a freelance writer.

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