Israel Folau Says He Must Resist Doing "Satan's" Work

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Israel Folau Says He Must Resist Doing "Satan's" Work

The judgement came more than three weeks after RA and Folau's Super Rugby club New South Wales Waratahs said they meant to terminate his four-year contract.

Israel Folau departs after Rugby Australia's code of conduct hearing.

Wallabies fullback Israel Folau says he has been given several opportunities to save his career and make things "easier", but feels he must resist the temptation or he will end up doing "Satan's" work for him.

Folau faced a three-member panel over three days of hearings.

"There have been many opportunities to potentially make the situation a little bit easier", said the fundamentalist Christian.

"Last week probably epitomised it for me, where we had such a successful under-20s campaign in defeating New Zealand for the first time in such a long period, the Brumbies had a good come-from-behind win and rugby's not spoken about", he said.

Folau referenced his refusal to accept Rugby Australia's recent compromise offer to save his career under the condition he deletes his homophobic Instagram post from April. "I could go back and play the game, get everything back to the way it used to be", Folau said.

Folau said he faces the prospect that his lucrative salary could soon go out the window, after more than 13 years of playing professionally.

As Folau awaits his fate after being found guilty of a "high-level" breach of his contract for taking to Instagram to promote his religious beliefs, it's been reported the dual global has contacted Pacific Island players at Australia's four Super Rugby franchises, hoping they will stand in solidarity with him for expressing his Christianity.

"I've spoken to a few of them to make sure, first and foremost, that they're OK because as I keep saying we're in a people's business and you've got to get to know people", Johnson told local broadcaster Fox Sports.

"All the materialistic things I have been able to have over the last number of years are slowly being taken away from me".

The highest Super Rugby try-scorer of all time ended his sermon by quoting a bible passage about losing his soul to gain the world.

The panel is now considering what punishment the 30-year-old Wallabies fullback.

Folau has a right to appeal but the panel's endorsement of RA's judgement is sufficient for RA and the Waratahs to dismiss the 73-test back.