Israel Folau: RFU to meet England's Billy Vunipola after he defended Australian's comments
The Rugby Football Union says it does not support Billy Vunipola's views after the England forward defended Israel Folau's social media post claiming "hell awaits" gay people. Folau looks certain to be sacked by Australia for the comments. Vunipola, who was criticised for liking the post, called for people to "live their lives how God intended" and said "man was made for woman to procreate". The RFU said on Friday it intends to hold a meeting with Vunipola next week. "Rugby is an inclusive sport, and we do not support these views," it said in a statement. "We will be meeting with Billy to discuss his social media posts." In a statement, Vunipola's club side Saracens said: "We recognise that people have different belief systems and we expect everyone to be treated equally with respect and humility. "As representatives and role models, Saracens players have a responsibility not only to themselves but to the club and wider society. "Billy Vunipola's recent social media posts are inconsistent with this and we take this matter very seriously. It will be handled internally."