Billy Vunipola 'man made for women' post puts England in spotlight

Folau not welcome in NRL: Beattie

Saracens have responded to social media posts by their England global, Billy Vunipola, in which he defended Israel Folau following his homophobic Instagram post.

Folau made an Instagram post on Thursday which said gay people - and other perceived sinners - would go to hell unless they repented. I don't HATE anyone, neither do I think I'm flawless. I just think he's saying what he honestly believes.

Rugby Australia and New South Wales Rugby Union held a private meeting with the full-back in Sydney on Friday, having previously been unable to contact him and said afterwards their position on the 30-year-old's future was unchanged.

"As representatives and role models Saracens players have a responsibility not only to themselves but to the club and wider society".

Israel Folau could sue Rugby Australia on the grounds of religious discrimination if his current contract is terminated, an expert has claimed.

That lead to a warning from Rugby Australia any further posts containing hate speech would lead to the end of his contract.

Central Coast Mariners midfielder Mario Shabow has shown his support for controversial sacked rugby star Israel Folau - before deleting the evidence from social media.

The stand-down comes after a joint statement from NSW Rugby and RA saying their views haven't changed and they still intend to tear up his multimillion-dollar contract. Billy Vunipola's recent social media posts are inconsistent with this and we take this matter very seriously.




"But that's why I believe there's a God".

'Following today's meeting the two organisations will update their respective Boards on the matter to consider next steps.

The 71 test veteran applauds the swift action taken by Rugby Australia and New South Wales Rugby, who have been criticised in the past for lacking conviction when confronted with similar matters.

Folau also posted similar comments a year ago, for which he was not sanctioned by RA, although he did acknowledge he had caused "grief to some people".

Australian Wallabies coach Michael Cheika was seen leaving Rugby Australia headquarters.

Folau, who became Super Rugby's record try-scorer last week, is a dual global who began his career in rugby league, and there was speculation the sport could offer him a lifeline if he is kicked out of rugby union.

Last weekend, he broke the Super Rugby try-scoring record, racking up his 60th in the Waratahs' defeat to the Blues.

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