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Sydney (AFP)

Rugby Australia Leader Raelene Castle has dismissed any potential backlash from Polynesian players who share similar religious beliefs to Israel Folau while admitting to undoing the divisive scandal.

The star Wallaby and devoutly Christian fullback were dismissed from his Aus $ 4 million ($ 2.7 million), a four-year contract on Friday for homophobic comments after a court where he found him guilty of a "high level" violation of the governing body code behavior.

It followed Super Rugby's record player who sent a banner on Instagram last month, reading: "Drunks, gay, forgeries, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, and idolators – hell are waiting for you."

He was involved in a similar tirade last year.

The case turned out to be complicated and pitting his right to freedom of religious expression against the limitations of hate speech.

Pacific Islander legacy players make up a large part of Australia's professional gaming events, many of which share a similarly deeply-held Christian belief, and concerns were raised that their religious attacks were under attack.

But Castle said she was sure Folau sacking would not cause disagreement that characterizes the issue as just a breach of contract.

"I am very confident that our players of faith feel safe and express their faith and will continue to do what we have seen over the last couple of weeks," she said in an interview on the Rugby Australia website on Saturday. .

"But they also need to understand and they understand that they need to express these views in a respectful manner."

The castle said the question with Folau was that it had become clear to him last year "where the line stood" on how he conveyed his views, but he ignored this with his position last month.

"What I want to say is that Israel also knew what the consequences are," Castle said.

The tanan background of Folau has been untouched in its beliefs and said on Friday that "maintaining my religious beliefs should not prevent my ability to work or play for my club or country".

He is considering his options, which could lead to an appeal with a new three-person panel or bring the case to court by 72 hours to decide.

Several senior players in the Pacific background, including veteran Wallaby Sekope Kepu and Queensland Red's captain Samu Kerevi, went to Instagram to join him on Friday.

The castle said there were no winners from the row and admitted regret not to foresee any further potential problems after Folau was released without penalty last year.

"But I would probably have had a really good crystal ball, and I didn't," she said.

"What I had was some conversations with Israel, where I thought we knew he understood where the line was.

"From where I was sitting he wrote a new contract, and the contract had the same code of conduct in it, it had the same values ​​it had the same expectations.

"He also did considerable training on what was offensive in some societies."


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