Rugby Oct 10, 2019

Israel Folau offered to apologize for incendiary comments

Former Wallabies star Israel Folau offered a public apology over his anti-gay social media posts and agreed to allow Rugby Australia to review future posts before uploading them, court documents show. The devoutly Christian fullback was fired in May for posting on Instagram that "hell ...

Rugby Aug 12, 2019

Israel Folau's social media accounts vanish ahead of court hearing

Fallen rugby star Israel Folau's social media accounts, which he used to promote the homophobic comments that got him sacked, disappeared Monday on the eve of a court hearing into his dismissal. The former Wallaby launched legal action against Rugby Australia and the NSW Waratahs ...

Israel Folau issue ignites free-speech debate

Rugby Apr 23, 2019

Israel Folau issue ignites free-speech debate

Australian sport has been taking a hard line against racism, homophobia and gender inequality, but plans to fire Israel Folau over his religious views have some bemoaning "political correctness" gone too far. The devoutly Christian player, one of rugby union's highest profile stars, has been ...

Australia makes move to punish Israel Folau over anti-gay comments

Rugby Apr 15, 2019

Australia makes move to punish Israel Folau over anti-gay comments

Coach Michael Cheika said on Monday he would not have been able to select fullback Israel Folau for the Wallabies after his latest "disrespectful" social media posts attacking gay people. Cheika spoke to reporters Monday for the first time since Folau, a devout Christian, posted ...

Waratahs hold off Sunwolves

Rugby Feb 23, 2019

Waratahs hold off Sunwolves

The Sunwolves battled valiantly but ultimately suffered their second straight loss of the young Super Rugby season Saturday, defeated 31-30 by the New South Wales Waratahs in Tokyo. A last-gasp drop goal attempt by Hayden Parker was all that stood between the home team and ...

Folau, Etzebeth sign with Top League's Red Hurricanes

More Sports / Rugby Jul 1, 2015

Folau, Etzebeth sign with Top League's Red Hurricanes

While the Japan Super Rugby franchise is struggling to get any players to commit to it, the Top League sides are having no such problems. On Wednesday, NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes confirmed that Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth and Wallaby fullback Israel Folau had both inked ...