Folau's comments 'completely wrong' - Genia

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Rugby Australia issued him with a breach notice on Monday - terminating his contract for his latest anti-gay comments on social media.

The 30-year-old Folau, a devout Christian, created controversy for the second time in 12 months for Rugby Australia (RA) by using social media to express personal views that said gay people were destined for "hell" if they did not "repent".

RA, Folau's legal team and the Rugby Union Players' Association (RUPA) must all sign off on the three independent panel members before a date is set.

A statement from RA said: "Israel has responded formally today to request a code of conduct hearing which, under the circumstances, was not an unexpected outcome".

Folau, Australia's most marketable player until the row exploded, has been suspended by the NSW Rugby Union until further notice.

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Israel Folau of the Wallabies during The Rugby Championship Bledisloe Cup match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australia Wallabies at Forsyth Barr Stadium on August 26, 2017 in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Folau has won 73 caps and was expected to play at this year's World Cup in Japan.

Folau had been given two days to accept the sanction or request the hearing.

Genia savaged Folau for his stand despite describing him as otherwise being a "nice, humble guy" when he is with the Wallabies.

Phipps said the Waratahs would adjust to life without Folau who recently became the leading all-time try-scorer in Super Rugby with his 60th try.

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Hooper said in rugby it was traditional to accept your team-mates "warts and all" but he found it hard to ignore Folau's anti-gay views.

"You can have your beliefs and have faith, but you can't go around trying to tell people they'll be going to hell because they are a certain way", he told the Fox Rugby Podcast.

"It's obviously a decision that's in the process right now but I believe in a God that's in control of all things", he told the Sydney Morning Herald earlier this week.

The devoutly religious Folau is facing the sack by Rugby Australia after posting on social media that "hell awaits" homosexuals.

"I'm probably resigned to the fact I won't play with him again".

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"So when you sign up to your contract to do that, you adhere to those rules, you adhere to what's been set out before you by those two organisations and I think the fact that he's gone and said that he wouldn't do such things and say any more about what he did past year, he's obviously broken a bit of trust with Raelene and Cheik".