Date confirmed for Folau hearing

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by Beth Newman

Israel Folau's rugby fate will be determined at a weekend code of conduct hearing next month.

Rugby Australia confirmed on Monday the hearing, to determine whether its intent to terminate Folau over controversial social media posts will be upheld, would begin on Saturday May 4 at the Rugby AU's offices in Sydney.

With the matter complex and unprecedented, it had been expected that the process could spill over into a second day and Sunday May 5 has been reserved in case that happens.

The tribunal panel will be made up of chair John West, Kate Eastman SC and John Boultbee SC /

Rugby Australia has appointed former solicitor general Justin Gleeson to argue their side of the case. 

Folau's Waratahs teammates will be on the other side of the world while the hearing kicks off, in the midst of their two-week tour to South Africa.

NSW was able to put aside the drama of last week to clinch a win over the Rebels in Sydney last Saturday night and they will continue to lock their focus on the field as the weeks roll on.

Lock Jed Holloway admitted the drama of the past week had been a drain on the team but that win proved they were in a strong head space.

"The best thing about last week is whenever we were here we just ripped into each other and had a big focus on physicality throughout the week," he said.

"It was mentally taxing but once we finished off that stuff, after the game we felt great."

Waratahs flyhalf Bernard Foley said last week that he was "conflicted" about the situation.

"He has hurt the team which is not why we play sport. We are a team and we encourage diversity and everything,” Foley said ahead of last weekend's game.

"But I also don’t think Izzy is a bad guy. So there is a lot of conflict there.

"But I don’t agree with what he’s done. It’s a tough situation, so for myself personally it’s a big loss this weekend but we will deal with that. We have trained all week without him and we’re looking forward to going out there and getting the job done.”