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All Black TJ Perenara '100 percent' against Folau's comments

All Black TJ Perenara '100 percent' against Folau's comments

Chiefs and one-test All Black player Brad Weber was the first big name to come out against Folau's comments, tweeting his disgust and saying it was "sick" that so many other players stayed quiet.

What the HELL? (See, I can do it too).

New South Wales Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson said he wanted his player to stay in the code, adding that he knew discussions were continuing between Rugby Australia and Folau.

The federal treasurer, Scott Morrison, has backed Wallabies star Israel Folau's "strong character" in standing up for his religious belief that gay people will go to hell unless they repent their sins.

"As professional rugby players, whether we like it or not, we are role models for a lot of young people".

Folau also hit out at Rugby Australia chief Raelene Castle for her comments about him after he was summoned to a meeting with the governing body, which has an inclusion policy to stop discrimination, over his anti-gay remarks. "There is no justification for such harmful comments".

In a new move, Castle has sent out a strongly worded memo to Australian Super Rugby players warning them of their obligation to use social media in a respectful way, although it is clear the message is directed at Folau.




Polynesia has been sexually diverse since forever.In the mean time, I have donated to the I'd like to add my voice to the conversation now taking place.

"You are flawless as you are. I can't stand that I have to play this game that I love with people, like Folau, who say what he's saying". "Polynesia has been sexually diverse since forever".

"My cousin and her partner, and my Aunty and her partner are some of the most kind, caring & loving people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing".

"They explained their position and talked about external pressure from the media, sponsors and different parts of the community, which I understand".

"Since my social media posts were publicised, it has been suggested that I am homophobic and bigoted and that I have a problem with gay people", he wrote.

"This is not about money or bargaining power or contracts. It's about what I believe in and never compromising that, because my faith is far more important to me than my career and always will be", Folau told the Players' Voice website.


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