Israel Folau loses second sponsorship deal after breaching code of conduct

Inclusion and religion face off in Folau hearing

The fallout since his "Hell Awaits You" post on social media is unlike anything seen before in rugby and, selfishly, most of this mess was foreseeable by Folau.

Mr Joyce, who is openly gay, told the Australian Financial Review he was "quite happy" with the action against the 73-Test fullback, who was found guilty of a "high level" code of conduct breach by a three-person independent panel during a hearing in Sydney.

'Asics is dedicated to sport and its healthy contribution to society, ' the Asics statement said.

This week, Asics said "our partnership with Israel has become untenable and he will no longer represent Asics as a brand ambassador".

ASICS are the second sponsor to have cut ties with Folau after Land Rover withdrew a auto issued to him.

The 30-year-old is still waiting to receive his punishment from Rugby Australia following his guilty verdict of breaching his rugby contract on Tuesday.

Rugby Australia said in a statement last night: "The panel will now take further written submissions from the parties to consider the matter of sanction".

It is believed such an admission of his remorse would have reduced his code of conduct breach to a low or mid-range breach.

Folau's playing fate rests in the hands of John West QC, Rugby Australia representative Kate Eastman SC and the RUPA-appointed John Boultbee.

Folau met with RA chief executive Raelene Castle, Waratahs boss Andrew Hore, and Wallabies coach Michael Cheika at the time, and discussed the post and reaction to it.

Folau also quoted the King James version of Galatians 5:19‭-‬21, from which his Instagram post was inspired - and features a much longer list of wrongdoings.

"I've just had a note from Israel, he won't mind if I'm sharing it with you because I said to him, 'Hold your head up, '" Jones said.

Jones called upon Folau to fight whatever ruling is handed down to him "with my support and the support of millions of Australians will take this fight every inch of the way".

The post, which is still live on Folau's page, declares "WARNING", before listing a number of sins which must be repented of, pending eternal judgment.

"On the flip-side, there's a few disappointing things that have happened in the last two years mainly and mainly around that stuff he speaks about, but also he sort kind of let us down a little bit off the field".

"It's around us, it's a high news story so it would be naive for me to say it hasn't been a distraction", he said.

"What this is causing, vis-a-vis a divide amongst fans amongst just the game in general, the other sports must be laughing at us", he said. "What am I supposed to have done here?'" Jones said.

"I certainly think it makes it a bit uncomfortable for people within those team environments to relate to him and, moving forward, even to play with him".

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