Melbourne — Australia director of rugby Scott Johnson has reached out to Pacific islands players amid reports of anger over the treatment of Wallabies fullback Israel Folau. Folau, a fundamentalist Christian with Tongan heritage, was found guilty of a “high-level” breach of Rugby Australia’s (RA) code of conduct last week for posting on social media that hell awaits “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers” and others. He is expected to have his four-year contract terminated for “disrespecting” people on the basis of their sexuality once a three-member panel considers further submissions before issuing a sanction. Players with Pacific island heritage who share Folau’s beliefs have expressed support for the fullback, raising fears the saga might open a rift in the Wallabies camp in a World Cup year. Johnson said he had spoken to a number of them about the Folau case and also reminded that they were paid professionals expected to understand that respect goes “both ways”. “I’ve spoken to a few...

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