Israel Folau faces end to Australian rugby career

039;I share it with love': Rugby star stands by 'hell awaits' gays remark

Unrepentant Israel Folau Happy To Give Up Rugby If It Is God’s Will

Israel Folau on the field.

The Herald Sun is reporting the Geelong superstar and Carlton's Matthew Kennedy were two AFL footballers who "liked" the controversial Instagram post which could bring down the cross-code superstar.

Folau remains stood down over his latest social media post proclaiming hell awaits "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters".

Ablett and Kennedy are both deeply religious, with Ablett removing his like on Sunday.

"We want players and employees that understand the wider value set of Rugby Australia and they can use their large social media followings and their positivity to do so many great things for the sport and 99 per cent of the players do that in this way".

Folau has 48 hours to respond to accept the sanction or have the matter referred to a Code of Conduct hearing.

Folau has refused to back down from his social media attack and says he's prepared to walk away from the game for the sake of his faith.

Rugby Australia and New South Wales Rugby have both said that they intend to terminate the player's contract over the row, ejecting him from the Australian national team the New South Wales Waratahs.

Those remarks make it hard for Cheika to envision the 30-year-old being part of the Wallabies' plans for the tournament in Japan, starting in September.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says Israel Folau's "disrespectful" comments would now make it impossible to pick the superstar for Australia at this year's Rugby World Cup.

"Absolutely", Folau said. "First and foremost, I live for God now". Whatever He wants me to do, I believe His plans for me are better than whatever I can think.

'In saying that, obviously I love playing footy and if it goes down that path I'll definitely miss it. "But my faith in Jesus Christ is what comes first".

The NSW Waratahs have sidelined Folau while RA is likely to rip up his lucrative four-year deal over a breach of contract.

"I had a meeting with Israel last Friday. and explained the implications of this klind of posting and the grief that it causes and the disrespect that it causes and the harm that it causes for the rugby community", Castle said.

"I'll stand on what the Bible says", he said after the service.

"I can see the other side of the coin where people's reactions are the total opposite to how I'm sharing it".

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