Wallabies star Israel Folau has requested a code-of-conduct hearing over his breach notice from Rugby Australia, as his multi-million dollar contract hangs in the balance.
Unless successful at the hearing, Folau faces the sack, after being issued with a "high-level" breach notice over controversial social media posts he made on April 10.
Rugby Australia says it will now make arrangements with the Rugby Union Players' Association to organise the hearing.
"Israel has responded formally today to request a code-of-conduct hearing, which - under the circumstances - was not an unexpected outcome," says Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle.
"We will now work to confirm a date for the hearing as soon as possible.
"After the date for the hearing is confirmed, Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union will make no further comment on the matter until the code-of-conduct process has concluded."
Last week, Folau posted on Instagram, declaring that Hell awaited "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolaters", unless they repented.
After a similar social-media outburst 12 months ago, Folau was placed on a very short leash by Castle, but that has not prevented another rant that may prove the final straw on his rugby career.
Rugby Australia declared it had had enough and intended to terminate his contract, but gave him until Wednesday afternoon to respond to his breach notice.
That hearing is unlikely to be scheduled for another two weeks, with Easter and Anzac public holidays imminent.