Wallabies scrum-half Will Genia admits that he feels sorry for Israel Folau in the aftermath of Rugby Australia’s decision to terminate the 30-year-old’s contract.
Folau shared a post on social media stating that “hell awaits” drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators.
That social media post ultimately led to a hearing and the outcome of which resulted in Folau’s contract with Australia and the Waratahs to be revoked.
Rugby Australia chief Raelene Castle stated at the time of the decision, “but our clear message to all rugby fans today is that we need to stand by our values and the qualities of inclusion, passion, integrity, discipline, respect and teamwork.”
Genia was one of a number of Wallabies players who hit out at Folau’s comments and last month described his former teammate’s comments as “wrong”.
However, now that Folau’s contract has been terminated, Genia feels a level of sympathy.
“It’s a pretty sad day,” Genia said.
“I read about it and I feel so sorry for him. Just because at the end of the day he’s a human being, he’s got feeling, he’s got emotions, he’s got a family and from all the times I’ve spoken to him he loves playing the game, so to have it taken away from him, I’m sure he’ll be really upset.
“I just really hope he’s OK, I really hope he’s OK.”
Folau has 72 hours from the time of the decision to announce whether he will appeal and by all accounts, it is expected he will.