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England number eight defends Folau's post

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A dejected Isreal Folau of the Waratahs looks on during the Super Rugby Match between the Highlanders and the Waratahs at Forsyth Barr Stadium Dunedin New Zealand 14 March 2015. Credit Joe Allison

Less than 24 hours after Rugby Australia (RA) said "in the absence of compelling mitigating factors" Folau's contract would be terminated, the 30-year old met with RA boss Raelene Castle and the New South Wales (NSW) Rugby Union.

Beattie said the former Test and State of Origin rugby league star "fails the NRL's inclusiveness culture".

Rugby Australia has reprimanded Folau in the past for targeting the LGBTQI community in his social media posts.

"Saracens proudly embraces diversity and warmly welcomes everyone to the club regardless of race, gender, religion and sexual orientation", it read.

Giteau agreed with Hollies, noting the importance of being a role model while representing Australia.

Vunipola "liked" Folau's initial post which was captioned, "those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent. It will be handled internally".

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.

Folau took to Instagram to proclaim hell awaits "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters".

"Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Rugby Union have made repeated attempts to contact Israel both directly and via his representatives since 6.30pm on Wednesday, and at this point he has failed to communicate directly with either organisation. Man was made for woman to pro create that was the goal no?", Vunipola wrote on Instagram.

Earlier in the day, Folau looked to be in good spirits after he was spotted at a Sydney cafe with his wife Maria Folau, and appeared to be in discussions with two associates.

"Some of the comments which have been seen are far closer to hateful than I think appropriate for what people should be doing on social media".

"I'm not ideal I'm at least everything on that list at least at one point in my life".

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

Despite a number of NRL clubs potentially able to bring Folau back to the league, Beattie told The Daily Telegraph on Thursday he won't be brought back into the NRL. "To guide and protect us and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us".

On Friday a meeting was held at the union's headquarters in Moore Park and while the RA's position is unchanged, the Wallabies face the prospect of entering this autumn's World Cup without one of the game's most gifted players.

Rugby Australia said Folau could not share material that "condemns, vilifies or discriminates against people on the basis of their sexuality".

Folau, who has 73 caps for the Wallabies, was nearly certain to be Michael Cheika's starting full-back at the upcoming World Cup.

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