Wallabies and Waratahs fullback Israel Folau says he will miss rugby but is prepared to walk away from the sport.
Folau spoke out for the first time since his social media posts when he was interviewed by Garry Maddox at the Sydney Morning Herald and said that he would walk away from the sport without a fight for the sake of his faith.
Folau spoke to the Sydney Morning Herald after he attended a church service in Sydney.
The 30-year-old denied reports that he would consider taking legal action if Rugby Australia terminated his contract.
“First and foremost, I live for God now. Whatever he wants me to do, I believe his plans for me are better than whatever I can think. If that’s not to continue on playing , so be it,” Folau said.
“In saying that, obviously I love playing footy and if it goes down that path I’ll definitely miss it. But my faith in Jesus Christ is what comes first.”
Folau said his beliefs hadn’t been swayed by the criticism directed at him.
“Absolutely not. I’ll stand on what the Bible says. I share it with love. I can see the other side of the coin where people’s reactions are the total opposite to how I’m sharing it.”