Steve Hansen on Israel Folau’s anti-gay comments - 'He's let himself down'

Steve Hansen says embattled Australian rugby star Israel Folau has let himself down over his comments directed at gay people.

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Folau’s place at the World Cup is at risk after last week’s controversial social media posts. Source: 1 NEWS

Folau hit the headlines again last week when he posted on Instagram saying "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters" have hell awaiting them unless they repent.

He comments have been strongly condemned, with Wallabies coach Michael Cheika today saying Folau wouldn't be picked as he would affect the team's "togetherness".

The Australian Rugby Union have said Folau could be sacked unless he provides a good reason for making the comments, having had to deal with a similar issue last year.

"I think we all know what he said isn't right and there is no point adding my name to the end of that list," Hansen told reporters in Wellington today.

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The Wallabies coach says Folau's comments are too damaging to team culture to warrant another selection. Source: 1 NEWS

"It's been dealt with pretty strongly by his employers.

"He's got a right to have an opinion, but I think he's probably let himself down in how he's gone about that.

"Even this morning he said he firmly believes it, he's just missing one piece of the jigsaw puzzle."