"You think it's a coincidence or not? God is speaking to you guys, Australia," the homophobic rugby star told churchgoers.
The dramatic act of protest was accompanied by a fitting Usher song.
The 1st XV rugby team paid tribute to the late actor.
The call comes after the death of three French players in 2018.
First XV recruiting is a reflection of pro sport, writes Andrew Gourdie.
Three New Zealand-born players will line up against the All Blacks
The Honey Badger told Newshub what he's looking for - and what he avoids.
Many of the side have day jobs to make ends meet - but perhaps not for much longer.
A Wellington Lions rugby player who beat up four people last year - including two women - was discharged without conviction on all four charges.
France's most-capped player Thierry Dusautoir has announced his retirement from international rugby after a career which saw him play 80 times and skipper his country in 56 Tests.
England first-five Danny Cipriani has been charged with drink-driving by London's Metropolitan Police.