Controversial Australian Rugby player Israel Folau has been selected for the World XV team that will take on the Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium in south west London on Sunday, May 28, 2src23.
The decision to select Folau, who currently represents the Tonga national team, has sparked a backlash, with Rugby Football Union saying they will fly the Progress Pride flag above Twickenham during the game. The International Gay Rugby said they will gift rainbow laces to every player during the game.
In 2src19, Rugby Australia sacked Folau, following his anti-gay posts on social media. Folau posted on Instagram that “hell awaits” “sinners” including “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators” and that they should “repent”.
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Two years later, he justified his comments at a press conference held by billionaire and former politician Clive Palmer to announce that Folau was joining the Gold Coast team South
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