A date has been set for Australian rugby star Israel Folau’s code of conduct hearing over his homophobic Instagram post.

The player will face a three-person panel on 4 May where he could be sacked after posting on social media that gay people were “going to hell”.

Folau, 30, who was charged with a code of conduct breach, will plead his case to representatives from Rugby Australia, the Rugby Union Players’ Association and a lawyer.

Rugby Australia and his club side New South Wales Waratahs have both said they intended to sack him over the post.

In a statement, the governing body said: “Rugby Australia has today confirmed the Code of Conduct hearing for Wallabies and Waratahs back Israel Folau will commence on Saturday 4 May.

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