'Why would he do this?' - Israel Folau's former teammates baffled by social media outbursts

Israel Folau's former teammates have spoken out about the Wallabies star's recent social media storm, with some perplexed by his actions.

Folau, 30, is currently awaiting his to hear his fate from Rugby Australia officials, following another social media outburst claiming "hell awaits" those who don't turn to Jesus and repent.

As a result, Rugby Australia are in the process of terminating Folau's contract, having previously warned him about his behaviour on social media.

Speaking to Fox Sports' Kick On, former Wallabies Stephen Holies and Matt Giteau both struggled to fathom the timing and the intent of Folau's latest controversy.

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Folau says hell awaits drunks, homosexuals, fornicators and others. Source: Breakfast

"We've all played rugby with him and that's why it's so confusing when people say 'why would he do this?'," Hoiles said.

"You can't give them an answer because he's not loud, in my time with him he's never preaching, he's very private with his thoughts and beliefs.

"He's a quiet, considered teammate and the things he does on social media don't reflect the person that I've spent time with.

"That's why I'm very confused with this, but the action that's been taken is correct."

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On a more serious note, the team discussed how Folau has gone from speaking about his beliefs to hate speech. Source: Breakfast

Giteau agreed with Hollies, noting the importance of being a role model while representing Australia.

"When you play for your country and pull on that gold jersey you're representing all of Australia, all sexes, races, whatever you believe in - you're representing for everyone and playing for a bigger cause," he said.

"He's a great guy, my actual dealings with him have been unbelievable but I don't agree with what he's done. I think the ARU have made the right call here."

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