Billy Vunipola Defends 'Liking' Israel Folau's Controversial Instagram Post

Folau not welcome in NRL: Beattie

Billy Vunipola has refused to unlike an Instagram post published by Israel Folau in which the Australia full-back made homophobic remarks.

Australia's Rugby Union Players Association issued the following statement after Rugby Australia's position was made public.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) say they will meet with Billy Vunipola following his support of Israel Folau's controversial comments on social media.

"While I support freedom of speech, no freedom is absolute nor without effect", he says.

Rugby Australia stated they would be keeping the details of their discussion private and will update their respective Boards to consider next steps.

Folau will attempt to convince Rugby Australia to uphold his contract at a code of conduct hearing next week.

Folau was spotted for the first time on Friday, having lunch at a cafe in Little Bay, in Sydney's south-east alongside his wife Maria.

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Folau is set to be sacked by Rugby Australia after the Wallabies and Waratahs star sparked outrage with his opinions on homosexuality and gender this week.

The 20-year-old posted a picture of Folau along with the caption, '#standwithFolau' - a message to support the former NSW Waratah player's contentious views.

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"I don't HATE anyone neither do I think I'm flawless", Vunipola added.

Israel Folau is fighting to keep his professional career alive after a secret meeting with rugby officials was caught on camera.

RA and NSW Rugby had on Thursday night said Castle had been unable to "directly contact" Folau to advise him of her intention to terminate his contract.

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'We're going down a very, very narrow road here and this has gone on and on and on this crap.

That multi-million dollar contract looks certain to be torn up unless Folau can convince RA and the New South Wales Waratahs that there are "compelling mitigating factors" for sharing the post.

RUPA will work alongside Israel and his representatives, the NSW Rugby Union and Rugby Australia to ensure that this process is followed.

"It is important that people act with love, care and compassion to their fellow citizens and to speak sensitively to their fellow Australians".

If this truly is the end of the road for Israel Folau in Australian rugby, his auto crash-style exit will have been as swift and spectacular as his rise was meteoric.

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