Sport Gibson hopes Folau will stay in rugby, says next play is Rugby Australia's

11:06  17 april  2018
11:06  17 april  2018 Source:

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Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson says he has no idea whether Rugby Australia will impose sanctions on Israel Folau after a controversial column that was published on Monday night, but hopes the Wallabies star stays in rugby despite threatening to leave the code.

Folau doubled down on his Instagram comment two weeks ago that god's plan for gay people was “HELL”, by writing in a column, published on Players Voice, that it was in fact a sin to be a homosexual.

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He also said he was prepared to walk away from rugby if asked to by chief executive Raelene Castle, who he criticised for misrepresenting his comments in a press conference shortly after their meeting last week.

Speaking at Waratahs training on Tuesday morning, Gibson described Folau's column as “balanced” and said it gave a greater understanding of the player’s perspective.

However, when pressed on Folau's immediate and long-term future in rugby, Gibson had few answers.

“I can’t talk for Rugby Australia,” Gibson said. “He certainly made it clear on his position."

Asked if he thought Folau would turn his back on the 15-man code, Gibson replied: “That’s not for me to decide. I know those discussions are ongoing and the dialogue between Rugby Australia and Israel is continuing and there hasn’t been a timeframe put on those discussions. Those are questions for Rugby Australia.

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“We want Israel to stay in rugby. That’s the first thing. He enjoys the game and so our immediate concerns are making sure he stays in rugby and that he’s happy here.

“What I think is irrelevant. Israel made it really clear that what he expressed aren’t the views of Rugby Australia or the Waratahs and they are his specific views. He’s made that really clear and he made it really clear where they came from and why those beliefs are so dear to him and why he’s articulating them.”

Higher calling: Israel Folau did not train on Tuesday, but visited Waratahs HQ. © Louie Douvis Higher calling: Israel Folau did not train on Tuesday, but visited Waratahs HQ. Gibson was speaking after Folau's column appeared on the Players Voice website on Monday, in which the star the details of his meeting with RA and expressed his disappointment at how it was subsequently portrayed.

Folau wrote: “After we’d all talked, I told Raelene if she felt the situation had become untenable – that I was hurting Rugby Australia, its sponsors and the Australian rugby community to such a degree that things couldn’t be worked through – I would walk away from my contract, immediately. At no stage over the past two weeks have I wanted that to happen.

Gibson wants to use Folau comment controversy as lesson for Waratahs

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"I felt Raelene misrepresented my position and my comments and did so to appease other people, which is an issue I need to discuss with her and others at Rugby Australia."

Folau won’t play for the Waratahs on Friday against the Lions because he is still recovering from a hamstring injury.

He was spotted at Waratahs headquarters yesterday in casual clothing. He said hello to some teammates but did not stick around for the squad’s training session at 11am.

Gibson said the Folau sideshow had not distracted the wider playing group, who will be aiming for their fifth straight victory later this week.

“We’re not all going to agree on the same thing,” Gibson said. “All players are free to express themselves in any way they see fit. What I have been really impressed with is the team have supported Israel. We may not all agree with his belief but we support him as a teammate and his right to express that freedom.

“Certainly we’ve never held anyone from expressing their point of view. For us, the education in all of this is being really clear on when to articulate your view and choose your forum.

"I haven’t had an opportunity to talk to the team but certainly it’s something in the future that I want to do.”

Waratahs prop Tom Robertson also said he would love to see his Wallabies teammate stick around in rugby.

"I’ve played 50-odd games with him now and it’s a pretty special feeling running through the sheds and going into the stadium when you’ve got Israel Folau behind you," Robertson said. "If he could do that for the next few years that’d be fantastic because I know I’m here for a long time, so hopefully he is too."

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