Wallabies' star Israel Folau has stood by his comments on homosexuality and slammed Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle for 'misrepresenting' him.
In a column for the Player's Voice on Monday night, the full-back expressed his disappointment at the outcome of the meeting he held with Castle and Andrew Hore last Tuesday, revealing he offered to walk away from the game.
Folau wrote: “After the meeting I went home, turned on the TV and was really disappointed with some of the things that were said in the press conference.
“I felt Raelene misrepresented my position and my comments, and did so to appease other people, which is an issue I need to discuss with her and others at Rugby Australia.
“That aside, I hope Raelene and Andrew appreciate my position, even if it differs with theirs.
“I love rugby union. It has allowed me to travel all over the world and meet some fascinating people along the way.”
Meanwhile, Folau, whose contract expires at the end of the season, stood by his biblical beliefs that gays would go to hell.
“I was asked a question by somebody about what God’s plan is for gay people,” Folau added.
“My response to the question is what I believe God’s plan is for all sinners, according to my understanding of my Bible teachings, specifically 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10: ‘Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor the drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.’
“I do not know the person who asked the question, but that didn’t matter. I believed he was looking for guidance and I answered him honestly and from the heart. I know a lot of people will find that difficult to understand, but I believe the Bible is the truth and sometimes the truth can be difficult to hear.”