Israel Folau's four-year, $4 million contract with Rugby Australia has been terminated because of his controversial social media posts about drunks, gays, fornicators and other so-called "sinners" he believes are destined for hell.
A three-person independent panel announced their verdict on Friday - 10 days after deciding Folau had committed a "high-level" breach of RA's professional players' code of conduct.
The Wallabies' only three-times player of the year and Super Rugby's all-time leading try-scorer has 72 hours to appeal and force the governing body into proceeding with a second code of conduct hearing.
After being formally warned last year for similar anti-gay posts, Folau took to Instragram last year proclaiming homosexuals and other so-called "sinners" were destined for hell unless they repented.
Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle said it was a sad day for Australian rugby but that Folau had left the governing body with no alternative than to seek termination of his contract.
"We want to stress that this outcome is a painful situation for the game," Castle said on Friday.
"Rugby Australia did not choose to be in this situation, but Rugby Australia's position remains that Israel, through his actions, left us with no choice but to pursue this course of action."
The Morning Rumble's Bryce Casey was one of many who posted in defence of the gay community, labeling his comments as an influencer 'dangerous'.
We all say dumb shit we regret. I do regularly. But there’s dumb & then there’s dangerous... Fuck him. Be proud to be whoever you want to be.