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Israel Folau doubles down on controversial social media post

Controversial dual international Israel Folau has admitted he knew his infamous homophobic social media post would cause controversy.

Folau caused a firestorm in April when he posted a message declaring ‘hell awaits’ all ‘drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators’.

The 30-year-old was subsequently sacked by Rugby Australia and has launched a $10 million lawsuit against the governing body, claiming unfair dismissal.

As his ex-Wallabies team-mates prepared to face England in a World Cup quarter-final, Folau appeared as the main speaker at the The Australian Christian Lobby’s annual conference.

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According to multiple reports the veteran of 62 Tests told the audience he knew what the response would be when he pressed send on the divisive post that likely ended his impressive sporting career.

But the former Melbourne Storm, Brisbane Broncos, GWS Giants, Waratahs and Wallabies star claimed he would ‘absolutely’ publish the post again despite the personal toll it has taken on him.

The NRL has declared it would not register Folau if a club wanted to sign the polarising former Queensland Maroons and Australia star.

It was last month revealed Folau was on the verge of making a shock rugby league comeback for Tonga.

His hopes of a comeback were subsequently blocked when the Tongan board was stripped of its power but the Rugby League International Federation.

But Tonga prop Andrew Fifita told Fairfax Media columnist Danny Weidler the Mate Ma’a players discussed Folau’s return and were ‘OK’ with it ‘in theory’.

The Cronulla star added several players, including himself, have done ‘a lot worse’ than Folau and been allowed to return to the NRL.


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