Folau found to have committed high-level code of conduct breach

Troubled Wallabies star Israel Folau committed a high-level breach of the players's code

"We want to make it clear that he does not speak for the game with his recent social media posts", Rugby Australia Chief Executive Raelene Castle and NSW Rugby Union CEO Andrew Hore said in a joint statement.

While the panel that on Tuesday adjudged Folau had been guilty of a "high level" breach of the code of conduct was still considering what sanction to dole out, global sportswear brand Asics cut their ties with the Wallabies fullback.

'Asics is dedicated to sport and its healthy contribution to society, ' the Asics statement said.

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

The hits keep coming for Israel Folau, with ASICS ditching the fallen Wallabies superstar as an ambassador. Asics is the second sponsor to have cut ties with Folau after Land Rover withdrew a auto issued to him.

The best the 73-test veteran can hope for is leniency from the panel and a suspension and/or fine, for taking to Instagram last month to proclaim a biblical quote that Hell awaits "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators" unless they repent and turn to Jesus.

After being issued with a conduct breach notice, which recommended his four-year contract worth $4 million be terminated, Folau launched a challenge, resulting in the hearing.

The three-person panel which presided over Folau's hearing will now take written submissions from the player and RA before deciding what sanction he will face.

'I've just had a note from Israel, he won't mind if I'm sharing it with you because I said to him, "Hold your head up",' Jones explained.

"Israel Folau, with my support and the support of millions of Australians, will take this fight every inch of the way", Jones said.

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

McLachlan said it was natural for people to question why Folau's contract didn't have a specific social media clause in it - especially given he was in a similar situation previous year - but stood by his belief such a move could lead to more headaches. I was going to encourage him to say "look, I apologise". "My head is held high".

Qantas boss Alan Joyce has added his opinions to the ongoing debate surrounding Folau, stating he supports Rugby Australia's hardline approach to dealing with Folau's social media use. We've seen it many a time before - not just in rugby but in other codes - where some rules apply for some players and not others due to their impact on the game.

"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. I think our, and my, history on that is that you go too tight on stuff, there'll be stuff that sits outside and you'll have other, broader problems down the track", McLachlan said.

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