Rugby union's global showpiece kicks off in Tokyo in 18 weeks. It's possible, given the intractability of both sides, that the Israel Folau saga won't be resolved by then. It's possible, too, that the Rugby World Cup will be tainted by it in some way.

As we know, Folau has been found guilty of a breach of his Rugby Australia contract after posting a message on social media stating that homosexuals and others in a diverse list - also including drunks, liars, atheists, and idolators - will go to hell if they don't repent.

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