Former All Black Nehe Milner-Skudder has challenged Israel Folau over his most recent social media post, saying the Wallabies fullback could seriously hurt young people with his claims that hell could await them.
Milner-Skudder posted a response to his Instagram account last night to share his views on Folau's condemnation.
"What I find disappointing is that an influential Pacific Island brother with a massive following, lots of people look up to him and to see a post like that which spreads hate, rejection, a message of intolerance and difference," he said.
"Lot of people will be affected by it, especially our Pacific youth, and that's not what they need to be hearing."
The Hurricanes stalwart added a message of support to his post to contrast Folau's statement which said "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators" will go to hell unless they repent.
"I'm a massive believer of it doesn't matter about the colour of your skin, gender, your sexually, sins or mistakes you've made.
"We should be able to come together and love one another and respect each other. Don't let his words influence you.
"There are plenty of other people out there spreading positive messages trying to empower and uplift our people. Love who you are, love who you want to be and be kind to others."
Milner-Skudder's words were backed up by New Zealand-born Japan captain Michael Leitch who labelled Folau a bully in his own response on Instagram.
"We can't accept this kind of behaviour," he said. "I'm not politically correct - I'm not smart in those types of things - but when I see a bully, the first thing I have to do is call them out, and I think I'm calling you out for the right reasons.
"Whether I'm right or whether I'm wrong, I'm not sure, but the post you've made is wrong, and I think you should made a comment and apologise or do something to make amends, because I think you're a fantastic player, there's no doubt about that, and I'm sure you're a nice guy. But the way you're doing it is wrong."
Folau's contract with Rugby Australia is set to be torn up after CEO Raelene Castles said last night their attempts to reach him had failed.