Prime minister Scott Morrison has joined those condemning Israel Folau's controversial comments around bushfires affecting Australia.
Israel Folau, the former Australia international, delivered a sermon in which he blamed bush fires on gay marriage and abortion.
The RLIF board voted to cancel the Tonga National Rugby League's international membership in a huge blow to Israel Folau.
Despite Israel Folau's announcement, the ex-Australia rugby union international is awaiting approval to represent Tonga in rugby league.
Israel Folau, who was sacked by Rugby Australia for expressing homophobic views, will return to Rugby League to play for Tonga.
A federal court statement shows Israel Folau is claiming he has been subjected to "an unreasonable restraint of trade".
As his unfair dismissal case against Rugby Australia began, Israel Folau's lawyer said an apology to the player would go "a long way".
After failing to reach a settlement figure with Rugby Australia and the Waratahs, Israel Folau has commenced court proceedings.
Unlike Bernard Foley and David Pocock, Kurtley Beale will not head overseas after the Rugby World Cup having recommitted to the Waratahs.
Bernard Foley is reportedly set to move to Japan's Top League following this year's Rugby World Cup after departing the Waratahs.