Fans told to remove rainbow flags during Israel Folau's debut

Rugby Feb 16, 2020

Fans told to remove rainbow flags during Israel Folau's debut

As Israel Folau made a try-scoring debut for his new club Catalan Dragons on Saturday, a man watching from the stands was told to remove a rainbow flag unfurled in support of the LGBT movement. Folau has been widely condemned for posting homophobic comments on ...

Israel Folau, Rugby Australia reach settlement

Rugby Dec 4, 2019

Israel Folau, Rugby Australia reach settlement

Rugby Australia and Israel Folau reached a settlement Wednesday that will end the former Wallaby's multi-million dollar lawsuit over his dismissal for anti-gay comments. Rugby Australia apologized for "any hurt or harm" caused to Folau as part of a joint statement confirming the confidential agreement ...

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 ...

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 ...