The pacey winger appeared to be sacked after a strongly worded statement from rugby bosses  in the wake of the backlash over Folau’s latest post where said death and hell awaits homosexuals.

It followed Folau’s supposedly final warning after the devout Christian’s previous attack on homosexuals last year.

Today rugby bosses finally met with Folau, 30, to discuss his future after trying to make contact with him for more than a day since his online post.

Afterwards though, both Rugby Australia and NSW Rugby Union said they needed more time to consider Folau’s future, despite previously appearing to take a hardline and looking set to sack him immediately.

A joint statement added: “Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union have met with Israel Folau in Sydney today.
“As the meeting was held in confidence between the player and his employers, Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union will not comment on the discussions at the meeting.
“Following today’s meeting the two organisations will update their respective Boards on the matter to consider next steps.
“Our joint position regarding Israel Folau is unchanged.”