Folau's code of conduct hearing extended to a 3rd day

FILE - In this June 25, 2016, file photo, Australian rugby union player Israel Folau, wearing tape on his wrist adorned with a cross, runs toward the try line to score against England during their rugby union test match in Sydney. The 30-year-old Folau will appear before a code of conduct hearing at Rugby Australia's headquarters in Sydney to determine the playing future of the star Wallabies fullback on Saturday, May 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)
Australian rugby union player Israel Folau arrives for a Code of Conduct hearing in Sydney, May 4, 2019. The 30-year-old Folau will appear before the hearing at Rugby Australia's headquarters to determine the playing future of the star Wallabies fullback. (Paul Braven/AAP Image via AP)
FILE - In this June 25, 2016, file photo, Australian rugby union player Israel Folau points to the sky after scoring a try against England during their rugby union test match in Sydney. The 30-year-old Folau will appear before a code of conduct hearing at Rugby Australia's headquarters in Sydney to determine the playing future of the star Wallabies fullback on Saturday, May 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

SYDNEY — A code of conduct hearing to determine the playing future of Wallabies star Israel Folau will continue into a third day at the headquarters of Rugby Australia.

The 30-year-old outside back appeared before the hearing to fight Rugby Australia's decision to terminate his contract after he posted in mid-April on social media that gay people, along with other "sinners," will face damnation unless they repent.

On Sunday, Rugby Australia said the hearing, which began Saturday, would continue Tuesday.

Folau has played 73 test matches for Australia. In his most recent match for the New South Waratahs, Folau scored his 60th try, the most of any player in Super Rugby, breaking the record of former New Zealand winger Doug Howlett.

Folau has also played rugby league for Australia and top-flight Australian Rules football, and is generally regarded as one of the best multi-talented athletes the country has ever produced.

In February, Folau signed a multimillion-dollar contract extension to remain with the Waratahs and Australian rugby until the end of 2022. Just three months later, Folau finds himself in danger of having no future in the sport.

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