Rugby Australia & Waratahs Release Statement On Israel Folau Over Homophobic Comment

“Rugby is a game for all.”

Rugby Australia Chief Executive Raelene Castle and NSW Waratahs Chief Executive Andrew Hore will meet with Wallabies and Waratahs fullback Israel Folau to discuss his use of social media, following a comment Folau made on Instagram.

The 29-year-old Waratahs star is a devout Christian, who grew up as a Mormon before leaving to join a smaller church in 2011. In the post he was asked what is “gods plan for gay people”, and Folau responded:

“HELL.. Unless they repent their sins and turn to God.”

Castle said both Rugby Australia and NSW Rugby are treating the matter very seriously.

“Israel’s comment reflects his personal religious beliefs, however it does not represent the view of Rugby Australia or NSW Rugby. We are aligned in our view that rugby is a game for all, regardless of sexuality, race, religion or gender, which is clearly articulated in rugby’s inclusion policy.” Castle said.

“We understand that Israel’s comment has upset a number of people and we will discuss the matter with him as soon as possible”