Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says he won't pick Israel Folau

Paola Ditto
Aprile 15, 2019

'In saying that, obviously I love playing footy and if it goes down that path I'll definitely miss it.

I'll stand on what the Bible says.

He said: "It's obviously a decision that's in the process right now but I believe in a God that's in control of all things".

He added: "I can't change what the word of God says".

"You wouldn't be able to", Cheika said when asked whether he'd be able to select Folau again under the circumstances. "I can see the other side of the coin where people's reactions are the total opposite to how I'm sharing it".

Matty McLean says Folau has to face repercussions like anyone else but Jack Tame wonders if he did it on goal. "Whatever his will is, whether that's to continue playing or not, I'm more than happy to do what he wants me to do".

The rugby star, who is Christian, posted messages on Instagram and Twitter on Wednesday (April 10) telling "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters" that "hell awaits" unless they "repent". But my faith in Jesus Christ is what comes first, ' he said.

The messages were published hours after Tasmania passed sweeping reforms to permit people 16 or older to change their registered gender, removing requirements for transgender people to undergo surgery in order to have their legal gender recognised.

Folau looks set to have his contract terminated by Rugby Australia, the sport's national governing body, which said in a statement last week that his comments were unacceptable and that he "did not speak for the game".

An unrepentant Folau broke his silence on Sunday, saying his faith comes before rugby and he will walk away from the game if it is "God's will".

The Herald Sun reports AFL stars Gary Ablett and Matthew Kennedy along with Wallabies players Samu Kerevi and Allan Alaalatoa were among thousands of Instagram users who expressed support by tapping "like" on Folau's controversial post.

"We want everyone on that wagon with us to the World Cup ... or a Bledisloe Cup".

"As a code we have made it clear to Israel formally and repeatedly that any social media posts or commentary that is in any way disrespectful to people due to their sexuality will result in disciplinary action".

'In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract, ' they said in a statement.

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