PHOTO: Israel Folau GoFundMe: Star asks for $3m in donations despite $7m property empire |

As criticism mounts of his GoFundMe appeal, Israel Folau has taken to social media in a plea for more money and hit out at Rugby Australia.

Over half-a-million dollars has been raised to help sacked rugby star and committed Christian Israel Folau “stand up for the word of God” in his legal fight against Rugby Australia.

Folau had his $4 million RA contract terminated in May after a post he made on social media citing the Bible was deemed homophobic. It followed a similar incident last year.

A Go Fund Me page established by the ex-Wallaby to raise funds for legal costs in his bid for reinstatement had passed $560,000 by 6pm on Saturday. About 7300 people have donated.

The spike in donations came despite reports Folau has a property portfolio worth close to $7 million across NSW and Queensland.