Rugby: Israel Folau refused to delete controversial Instagram post to save Wallabies career - report

Wallabies fullback Israel Folau reportedly refused to delete his controversial Instagram post to save his rugby career during his code-of-conduct hearing with Rugby Australia.

Before and during his hearing, Folau was given chances to delete his April 10 post, which said homosexuals and other sinners were destined for hell unless they repented, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The 30-year-old was told, if he did, he would have been handed a low to mid-level breach, likely leading to a fine and suspension, but as he refused, Rugby Australia handed him a high-level breach, which gives it the power to terminate his contract.

The 62-test veteran recently signed a four-year deal worth $4 million.

The report adds Folau couldn't make any guarantees he would refrain from making further social media posts targeting the gay community if he was kept on by Rugby Australia.

Folau said he would "not change" and he would still post his religious beliefs on Instagram.

The controversial post, which has more than 50,000 likes and comments, remains on his page.

Last year, Folau was given a formal warning for similar social-media remarks, which caused an outcry and threats from sponsors to walk out on RA.

If Folau's contract is terminated, he is expected to appeal and another code-of-conduct hearing with three new panel members would be held.

If he is fined or suspended, Rugby Australia would seek to work out a financial settlement with Folau, so he can walk away.

A decision is expected next week.