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Billy Vunipola Defends Israel Folau’s Anti-Gay Instagram Post

England international, Billy Vuniplola has defended controversial Australian star, Israel Folau following his homophobic Instagram post.

It is understood that Rugby Australia intends to terminate Folau’s contract after the much-maligned full-back wrote on Instagram that; “hell awaits” drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators. The image also states that “only Jesus saves”.

Folau lead with the caption:

“Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him.”

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Vunipola ‘liked’ Folau’s post and took to the social media site himself this afternoon to defend the Australian after three people had rung him and requested he ‘unliked’ it.

“This is my position on it. I don’t HATE anyone neither do I think I’m perfect. There just comes a point when you insult what I grew up believing in that you just say enough is enough, what he’s saying isn’t that he doesn’t like or love those people. He’s saying how we live our lives needs to be closer to how God intended them to be. Man was made for woman to pro create that was the goal no?”

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So this morning I got 3 phone calls from people telling me to ‘unlike’ the @izzyfolau post. This is my position on it. I don’t HATE anyone neither do I think I’m perfect. There just comes a point when you insult what I grew up believing in that you just say enough is enough, what he’s saying isn’t that he doesn’t like or love those people. He’s saying how we live our lives needs to be closer to how God intended them to be. Man was made for woman to pro create that was the goal no? I’m not perfect I’m at least everything on that list at least at one point in my life. It hurts to know that. But that’s why I believe there’s a God. To guide and protect us and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

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There is likely to be major backlash heading Vunipola’s way following the post.

Rugby Australia released a new statement today following a meeting with Israel Folau.

“Our joint position regarding Israel Folau is unchanged. As the meeting was held in confidence between the player and his employers, Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union will not comment on the discussions at the meeting.

“Following today’s meeting, the two organisations will update their respective boards on the matter to consider next steps.”

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