All Black disgusted by Folau comments

One-Test All Blacks halfback Brad Weber has become the first high-profile rugby player to hit out at Israel Folau for his contentious stance on homosexuality.

Chiefs No.9 Weber vented on Twitter at the comment made online last month by Folau, in which he suggested gay people were destined for hell according to his religious beliefs.

Folau reiterated his convictions in a column following a meeting with Rugby Australia.

Weber expressed frustration his peers hadn't come down harder on the star Wallabies back.

"Kinda sick of us players staying quiet on some of this stuff. I can't stand that I have to play this game that I love with people, like Folau, who say what he's saying," Weber tweeted.

"My cousin and her partner, and my Aunty and her partner are some of the most kind, caring & loving people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. To think that I play against someone that says they'll go to Hell for being gay disgusts me."

Folau won't be sanctioned by RA for his stance.

Chief executive Raelene Castle said Folau didn't intend to upset people or cast the sport in a negative light.

Meanwhile, Netball New Zealand chief executive Jennie Wyllie said her organisation had spoken with Folau's wife, star Silver Fern shooter Maria Folau, about the issue.

Maria Folau told them the controversy surrounding her hadn't been a distraction during the team's failed Commonwealth Games campaign.

The Silver Ferns shooter last week posted an online message supportive of her husband.

"Stand with God no matter what ... Don't be afraid to stand up for the truth, even if that means you will be standing alone," she wrote.

Wyllie wouldn't comment on Maria Folau's post but stressed NNZ's perspective hadn't changed.

"We value inclusion and diversity whether it's gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender, religion, and we take our responsibility as role models for young New Zealanders very seriously," she said.

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