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Read all about Wallabies fullback Israel Folau's ups and lows

Devdiscourse News Desk | Updated: 17-05-2019 12:23 IST | Created: 17-05-2019 10:42 IST
Read all about Wallabies fullback Israel Folau's ups and lows
Struggles to adapt to the new code and appears in 13 of the Giants' 22 games in their debut AFL season in 2012, with the side finishing bottom of the table. Image Credit: Wikipedia

Wallabies fullback Israel Folau was sacked by Rugby Australia on Friday after he was found to have committed a high-level breach of the players' code of conduct by sharing a social media post:

EARLY LIFE

Born April 3, 1989, in Sydney. * Of Tongan heritage, Folau was raised in the Mormon Church. Moved to Brisbane as a child and grew up playing rugby league. * Noticed by a scout from National Rugby League club Melbourne Storm and made his debut for the side in 2007 as a 17-year-old, becoming the youngest player to appear for the team.

RUGBY LEAGUE

Scores an equal highest 21 tries in his debut season, breaking an NRL record and becomes the youngest player to play for the Australian national side aged 18 years, 194 days. Plays his first State of Origin game for Queensland in 2008 and was named in the Kangaroos for the Rugby League World Cup. * Moves to the Brisbane Broncos in 2009.

SWAPPING CODES

Was the subject of an intense bidding war in 2010 between rugby league, rugby union and Australian Rules football. Joins the AFL's expansion side Greater Western Sydney Giants on a reported A$6 million, four-year contract. * Struggles to adapt to the new code and appears in 13 of the Giants' 22 games in their debut AFL season in 2012, with the side finishing bottom of the table.

RUGBY UNION

Switches to rugby union at the end of 2012, signing a one-year contract with the New South Wales Waratahs. Is selected for the Wallabies for the series against the British and Irish Lions, scoring two tries in his test debut on the wing before cementing himself as the first-choice full-back. * Signs a contract extension through until the 2015 Rugby World Cup and helps the Waratahs to their first Super Rugby title in 2014. Is named Australia's Player of the Year, winning the John Eales Medal, which he would win again in 2015 and 2017.

CONTROVERSY

Having converted to the Pentecostal church as an adult, Folau provokes controversy in 2017 with comments that he does not support gay marriage, going against RA's public stance.

Uses social media in April 2018 to state he believed gay people would go to hell if they did not repent, prompting several sponsors to voice their displeasure. * RA does not sanction Folau but reminds players of their social media responsibilities.

Signs a new four-year contract, reportedly worth A$4 million, in February 2019. * Becomes Super Rugby's highest try scorer when he scores his 60th try against the Auckland Blues in April, then days later uses social media to share biblical quotations and states that sinners, including gay people, would go to hell unless they repented. RA begins disciplinary proceedings, with a three-person panel finding on May 7 he was guilty of a 'high-level' breach of the code of conduct.


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