Folau, a fundamentalist Christian, faced a three-member panel over three days of hearings to decide whether he had breached the code of conduct with a social media post that said 'hell' awaited 'drunks, homosexuals, adulterers' and others.

"The panel has today provided a judgement that Israel Folau committed a high-level breach of the Professional Players' Code of Conduct with his social media posts on April 10, 2019," Rugby Australia said in a news release.

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"The panel will now take further written submissions from the parties to consider the matter of sanction."

Israel Folau of the Waratahs looks on during the round 8 Super Rugby match between the Blues and Waratahs.

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RA and Folau's Super Rugby side, the New South Wales Waratahs, have already publicly committed to terminating the player's contract.

Folau's trial has stretched far beyond the rugby pitch, triggering a wider debate about freedom of speech and the power of employers to control their employees away from the workplace.

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