Israel Folau conduct hearing set for May 4

SYDNEY — Rugby Australia has set May 4 for a code of conduct hearing into anti-gay comments made by Wallabies fullback Israel Folau. The hearing could result in the termination of his test and Super Rugby contracts.

An additional day has been set aside in case it's needed.

Folau was charged with a code of conduct breach after he posted on social media that gay people, along with other "sinners," will face damnation unless they repent.

He will appear in front of a three-person panel chaired by Sydney lawyer John West. The panel also includes Rugby Australia representative Kate Eastman and Rugby Union Players Association representative John Boultbee.

Justin Gleeson, the former solicitor-general of Australia, will be Rugby Australia's counsel at the hearing.

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