Israel Folau breaks silence as former Wallabies coach explodes in on-air rant

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Former Wallabies star Drew Mitchell believes Rugby Australia (RA) should take its time in handing down its final punishment to Israel Folau because the future of rugby Down Under is riding on the decision.

Ex-Wallabies coach, Alan Jones launched a defiant on-air rant in support of Israel Folau following an independent panels determination that he committed a "high-level" breach of the professional players' code of conduct.

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Israel Folau reportedly refused to show remorse or delete his social media posts at his code of conduct hearing.

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

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The termination of his four-year, $4 million contract is a possibility.

The disciplinary panel said it will "take further written submissions from the parties to consider the matter of sanction".

Insiders estimate that Folau has already outlaid in excess of $100,000 on legal representation for his landmark code of conduct hearing, the three-time John Eales Medallist may at some point ask himself if it is all worth it.

He also received scorn from his Wallabies teammates, with Will Genia saying: "There are blokes at the Wallabies and the Waratahs that have certain beliefs that very much conflict with what he has said and done".

Former Wallabies coach and radio shock-jock Alan Jones has thrown his support behind Folau, telling 2GB radio listeners that he believes the fight has just begun.

I found him a very authentic person.

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Israel Folau with his wife Maria Folau at Kenthurst Uniting Church.

Rugby Australia and Rugby New South terminated Folau's multi-million dollar contract after the 10 April posts.

"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. "My head is held high".

"I think it's really admirable for Rugby Australia, with Israel being the player he is, to stand strong on this issue".

"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".

"We sat down the other day and had a long yarn".

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"For me, Israel is free to say whatever he chooses, but he is not free to force Rugby Australia to continue employing him if he has breached his contract by promoting views which undermine the organisation's values".

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