Unrepentant Wallaby Israel Folau has described his controversial fallout with the Rugby establishment as “challenging” and spoken of being tempted by the “opportunity” to rekindle his career during a Sydney church address.
The star fullback, a fundamentalist Christian, moved a step closer to being sacked by Rugby Australia after he was found on Tuesday to have committed a high-level code of conduct breach for an Instagram post that said hell awaited “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers” and others.
An independent three-person panel is expected to announce Folau’s sanction this week after deciding the controversial posts left him open to having his four-year, $4 million contract torn up.
In a video of him speaking at a church service on Sunday afternoon, Folau said the process was not finished and the “outcome is yet to be known”.
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“Potentially I could get terminated, which means that there’s no more playing contract and therefore no more finances or money coming in,” he said from the lectern.
“It’s been really challenging but also it’s been encouraging to myself to see what my God is actually doing,” he said.
Seven News reported Folau spoke of offers of temptations to rekindle his career.
“The opportunity that had presented itself, it crossed my mind that my life…it can possibly go back to the way that it used to be,” Folau said.
He then quoted a Bible passage about losing his soul to gain the world.
“Continue to love those around us and continue to go out there and share the gospel,” Folau said.
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