The Folau Timeline: All the highs, lows and controversies

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by AAP & Beth Newman

Rugby Australia on Thursday night announced its intention to terminate Israel Folau's contract after his latest controversial social media post.

Folau first switched to rugby back in 2013 and has had a glittering career on-field.

RUGBY.com.au looks back at his journey in the 15-man code.

2012

Israel Folau announced his departure from GWS at the end of 2012. Photo: Getty Images

November

Then-GWS Giants footballer Folau announces his plans to make a second code switch in three years, signing with the Waratahs for the 2013 season.

2013

February

Folau makes his Super Rugby debut for the Waratahs and goes on to play every game that season on the way to a semi-final appearance.

July

Israel Folau scored a double on his Test debut. Photo: Getty ImagesFolau scores a double on Test debut on the wing against the British and Irish Lions and goes on to play in all of Australia's 15 Tests that season. Equals Lote Tuqiri's record of 10 tries in a Test season.

2014

August

Israel Folau holds up the Super Rugby trophy in just his second season in the game. Photo: Getty ImagesThe fullback wins the Super Rugby title with the Waratahs in a thrilling 33-32 win over the Crusaders in Sydney.

October

Folau finishes the year as the Wallabies' top try scorer and claims his first John Eales Medal off the back of a superb 12 months on the field. Plays in all 14 Wallabies Tests and breaks Chris Latham's record of 17 consecutive Tests as run-on fullback.

2015

The 26-year-old wins his second John Eales Medal,  Nathan Sharpe and George Smith in claiming the honour twice and becoming the first player to claim the award in consecutive years.

November

Israel Folau in action in the 2015 Rugby World Cup final. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyFolau plays in the Rugby World Cup final after an injury-affected tournament. An ankle injury suffered in the tournament requires off-season surgery and scuppers his plans for an off-season stint with Japanese side NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes. 

2016

July

Folau scores 11 tries in 15 matches for the Waratahs on his return from injury and makes the switch to outside centre as the season goes on.

November

Folau plays in all but one Test through the 2016 season after being rested against France on the Wallabies' Spring Tour. Plays his 50th Test against Scotland at Murrayfield as part of a Grand Slam tour.

2017

September

Folau tweets that he will not support gay marriage. Rugby Australia (RA) says they don't support Folau and he doesn't reflect their views.

2017

October

Israel Folau has claimed a record third  John Eales Medal. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyFolau becomes the first three-time John Eales Medallist after topping the count at the end of the 2017 season. The fullback finishes the season with 12 tries from 10 Tests before sitting out that year's Spring Tour.

2018

April

Folau responds to a question on his Instagram post about what God's plan is for gay people, saying: "HELL...Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God".

Rugby AU decides not to sanction Folau, who offered to walk away from his contract. Rugby AU chief executive Raelene Castle warns all players over their obligation to use social media in a respectful way.

May

Folau shares a video featuring controversial American evangelical preacher David Wilkerson, in which the preacher can be heard to say "rampant iniquity, sexual perversion beyond description" as images of protesters with rainbow flags play in the background.

November

Folau finishes the 2018 Test season with a double against England, taking his season tally to five tries from 11 starts.

2019

February

Folau signs a new four-year multi-million dollar deal, which is believed to contain social media clauses he must observe.

April


Folau scores his 60th career try against the Blues, taking the all-time Super Rugby record from Doug Howlett.

Folau tweets a screenshot of a news article about Tasmania making gender optional on birth certificates, adding a message: "The devil has blinded so many people in this world, REPENT and turn away from your evil ways. Turn to Jesus Christ who will set you free."

Folau also shares an image on Instagram saying hell awaits for "homosexuals, fornicators, drunks and atheists". 

RA says Instagram post is "unacceptable" and engages its integrity unit.