Israel Folau hearing to resume on Tuesday in Sydney

Israel Folau's landmark code-of-conduct hearing will resume on Tuesday, after a weekend stalemate at Rugby Australia (RA) headquarters in Sydney.             

Folau's defence counsel and RA's legal team will return, after more than 15 hours of legal arguments weren't enough for the three-person independent panel to start considering a decision.        

RA chief executive Raelene Castle was asked to provide verbal evidence for the second day running, with NSW Waratahs supremo Andrew Hore also called as a witness on Sunday.          

Folau is fighting to save his career, after Castle issued the dual international with a "high-level" breach notice last month and threatened to tear up his four-year, AU$4 million contract, after his latest round of inflammatory social-media posts.

The superstar fullback reportedly rejected a $1 million offer to walk away from Australian rugby last week.

Folau's solicitor Ramy Quatami and barrister Adam Casselden have argued that Folau's Instagram post, claiming Hell awaits homosexuals and other sinners unless they repent and turn to Jesus, was merely a Bible passage and not his direct words.               

They also put foot forward the fact that RA didn't include a specific social-media clause, when the John Eales Medallist signed a new contract in February.         

But after being formally warned last year, when he posted similar passages claiming gays were destined for Hell, RA's legal unit believes the 30-year-old has breached both the player code of conduct and social-media policies.   

Both Folau and RA will have until 72 hours after any decision is handed down to appeal.                

AAP

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