It seems inconceivable now, but in 2014 Israel Folau was a poster boy for the world’s leading gay rugby tournament, the Bingham Cup.
Folau and Waratahs and Wallabies teammate Adam Ashley-Cooper posed for a cover photo for the Star Observer, which claims to be Australia’s longest-running publication for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities.
Under the headline ‘big boys and their balls,’ the magazine cheekily suggested the duo were “getting it on for the tournament.”
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At the time, a Bingham Cup spokesman said Folau was a “strong advocate for ending all forms of the discrimination in sport.”
What a difference five years makes as Folau again hits the headlines for his controversial religious views.
Folau’s rugby future hangs in the balance as Rugby Australia’s integrity unit reviews his latest social media posts, which stated that hell awaits “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators” — adding they should “repent” as “only Jesus saves.”
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Last year, Folau and the Wallabies were invited to celebrate after the Sydney Convicts won the Bingham Cup in Amsterdam.
“Ultimately the Convicts would like to put ourselves out of business, we’d like one day for there not to be a need for gay rugby teams,” said Convicts founder Andrew Purchas, the chairman of International Gay Rugby.
“Unfortunately, right now many people drop out of mainstream clubs because of homophobic language, which is often not intended to be harmful.”
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Source link : https://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/what-a-difference-five-years-makes-folaus-gay-magazine-past/news-story/b45c168ef2523cda96a757eedd60d69a
Publish date : 2019-04-11 02:28:00