Folau loses Land Rover, he’ll have to take the Lamborghini
Israel Folau has reportedly lost his sponsored Land Rover because of his anti-gay posts on social media.
Earlier this year, Folau claimed gay people were headed to ‘‘HELL ... unless they repent their sins and turn to God’’. It was the first of several posts from Folau’s social media accounts that contained anti-gay messages in line with his religious beliefs.
Land Rover replaced BMW as the Wallabies’ car sponsor in February and Folau was provided with a new vehicle.
But following Folau’s social media comments that gays were destined for hell on April 2, the vehicle was reportedly repossessed by Land Rover by April 9.
It had previously said its views did not align with Folau’s.
Land Rover told the The Daily Telegraph that Folau was never an official ambassador but reports said the motoring giant did take back a car given to Folau.
It is understood to be the first financial hit for Folau over his antigay Christian stance.
But don’t expect to see the 29-year-old Wallabies and Waratahs star at a bus stop or train station any time soon.
He reportedly gets from A to B in a Lamborghini, worth around A$500,000 (NZ$546,000), that he purchased last year.
Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle has met Folau to raise her concerns but Folau has not been sanctioned.
His stance has been criticised by former and current players from Australia and New Zealand and members of the gay community.