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Folau requests code of conduct hearing over Social Media posts

Israel Folau has requested a code of conduct hearing. Credit: PA

Israel Folau has requested a code of conduct hearing after he was issued with a breach notice by Rugby Australia over his controversial social media posts.

The union's integrity unit had deemed him to have committed a "high-level breach of the Professional Players' Code of Conduct", warranting the termination of his employment contract.

Rugby Australia said it would now make arrangements with the Rugby Union Players' Association (RUPA) to organise the code of conduct hearing.

Chief executive Raelene Castle said: "Israel has responded formally today to request a Code of Conduct hearing which, under the circumstances, was not an unexpected outcome. We will now work to confirm a date for the hearing as soon as possible.

"After the date for the hearing is confirmed, Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union will make no further comment on the matter until the Code of Conduct process has concluded."

Rugby Australia and New South Wales to terminate Folau's contract

Rugby Australia and New South Wales are to terminate Israel Folau's contract Credit: PA

Rugby Australia and New South Wales are to terminate Israel Folau's contract over discriminatory social media posts, the union has announced in a statement.

The Wallabies star was warned last year, but avoided any disciplinary action, for making homophobic comments on his social media channels.

The statement read: "As a code we have made it clear to Israel formally and repeatedly that any social media posts or commentary that is in any way disrespectful to people because of their sexuality will result in disciplinary action. In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract."

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