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Rugby Australia intends to end Folau contract after anti-gay rant

Rugby Australia said it had made repeated attempts to contact the fullback since his controversial Instagram post claiming "hell awaits" gays on Wednesday.

Australia's Israel Folau. Picture: AFP

SYDNEY- Rugby Australia said Thursday that it intends to terminate superstar Israel Folau's contract over his latest anti-gay rant, throwing the Wallabies' World Cup plans into disarray.

Rugby Australia said it had made repeated attempts to contact the fullback since his controversial Instagram post claiming "hell awaits" gays on Wednesday.

"In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract," the statement said.

Wallabies sponsor Qantas joined a chorus of outrage at his latest homophobic rant.

The airline, whose CEO Alan Joyce is openly gay, said Folau's social media post claiming "Hell awaits" gays was "really disappointing".

The comments "clearly don't reflect the spirit of inclusion and diversity that we support", Qantas said.

Folau, who last weekend became Super Rugby's all-time top try-scorer, is considered crucial for the Wallabies' hopes at this year's World Cup in Japan.

But his extreme religious views have repeatedly rankled with supporters and the game's governing bodies.

On Wednesday, he posted an Instagram banner that read: "Drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators - Hell awaits you."

He suggested they should "repent" as "only Jesus saves".

Folau's Super Rugby team, the NSW Waratahs - based in liberal Sydney - also described the post as unacceptable.

Qantas said it was "pleased to see Rugby Australia's condemnation of the comments and will await the outcome of their review".

Folau recently signed a multi-season, multi-million dollar contract and could be fired if he is found in breach.

Some leading Australian commentators called for that to happen, including former Wallabies forward Peter FitzSimons.

"Israel Folau has to go, and will go," FitzSimons wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald. "Rugby must surely move quickly, or be made to look ridiculous."

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the comments were "damaging" from someone many consider to be a role model.

England's Joe Marler tweeted an image of two men kissing at Folau, accompanied by a heart.

Gay former Welsh star Gareth Thomas said that no one should "be influenced by his words".

"Be the better person and be YOU. Whoever YOU is..Hell doesn't await YOU. Happiness awaits YOU," he posted.

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