A code of conduct hearing to determine the playing future of Wallabies star Israel Folau began on Saturday at the headquarters of Rugby Australia.

The 30-year-old outside back is appearing before the hearing to fight Rugby Australia’s decision to terminate his contract after he posted in mid-April on social media that gay people, along with other “sinners,” will face damnation unless they repent.

Folau is facing a three-person code of conduct panel chaired by Sydney lawyer John West. The panel also includes Rugby Australia representative Kate Eastman and Rugby Union Players Association representative John Boultbee.

FILE - In this June 25, 2016, file photo, Australian rugby union player Israel Folau points to the sky after scoring a try against England during their rugby union test match in Sydney. The 30-year-old Folau will appear before a code of conduct hearing at Rugby Australia's headquarters in Sydney to determine the playing future of the star Wallabies fullback on Saturday, May 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)
FILE – In this June 25, 2016, file photo, Australian rugby union player Israel Folau points to the sky after scoring a try against England during their rugby union test match in Sydney. The 30-year-old Folau will appear before a code of conduct hearing at Rugby Australia’s headquarters in Sydney to determine the playing future of the star Wallabies fullback on Saturday, May 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

An extra day has been set aside in case the hearing has to go into Sunday. A decision is not expected to be announced this weekend.

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FILE - In this June 25, 2016, file photo, Australian rugby union player Israel Folau, wearing tape on his wrist adorned with a cross, runs toward the try line to score against England during their rugby union test match in Sydney. The 30-year-old Folau will appear before a code of conduct hearing at Rugby Australia's headquarters in Sydney to determine the playing future of the star Wallabies fullback on Saturday, May 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)
FILE – In this June 25, 2016, file photo, Australian rugby union player Israel Folau, wearing tape on his wrist adorned with a cross, runs toward the try line to score against England during their rugby union test match in Sydney. The 30-year-old Folau will appear before a code of conduct hearing at Rugby Australia’s headquarters in Sydney to determine the playing future of the star Wallabies fullback on Saturday, May 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

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