AFL superstar Gary Ablett embroiled in Israel Folau controversy

039;I share it with love': Rugby star stands by 'hell awaits' gays remark

039;I share it with love': Rugby star stands by 'hell awaits' gays remark

As Folau fights for his right to express his religious freedom, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says his "disrespectful" comments would now make it impossible to pick the superstar for Australia at this year's Rugby World Cup. "If that's not to continue on playing, so be it", Folau said.

"You wouldn't be able to", Cheika said when asked whether he'd be able to select Folau again under the circumstances.

"I'll stand on what the Bible says", he said.

Last week, the Wallabies fullback, who also plays for the New South Wales Waratahs, posted an image on Instagram listing "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters", reading underneath, "Hell awaits you". "I can see the other side of the coin where people's reactions are the total opposite to how I'm sharing it".

The choice over his sporting career or his faith comes about after Rugby Australia threatened to terminate his contract for the anti-gay comment.

Cheika spoke to media today at a Waratahs press conference, saying he wanted to be there to show Australian rugby has a united front.

"It's obviously a decision that's in the process right now but I believe in a God that's in control of all things", Folau said.

'In saying that, obviously I love playing footy and if it goes down that path I'll definitely miss it.

"Going to the World Cup - I've been lucky enough to go to one where we were so together in that tournament, which Izzy was a big part of, we went into that tournament sixth or seventh and we came out having made the final and a lot of it came through the momentum of the team's togetherness". "I can't change what the word of God says".

Gary Ablett Jr unliked Folau's post on Sunday.

The Herald Sun reports AFL stars Gary Ablett and Matthew Kennedy along with Wallabies players Samu Kerevi and Allan Alaalatoa were among thousands of Instagram users who expressed support by tapping "like" on Folau's controversial post.

Folau looks set to have his contract terminated by Rugby Australia, the sport's national governing body, which said in a statement last week that his comments were unacceptable and that he "did not speak for the game". But my faith in Jesus Christ is what comes first, ' he said.