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James Haskell blasts Israel Folau with a scathing tweet

Rugby Australia has described an Israel Folau social media post, in which the full-back says “hell awaits” gay people, as “unacceptable”.

In a statement, Rugby Australia said the post “does not represent the values of the sport and is disrespectful to members of the rugby community”, adding that its integrity unit had been “engaged on the matter”.

One player to directly respond to Australia international was James Haskell with this well-worded tweet.


Former Wales international and British and Irish Lions skipper Gareth Thomas, who came out as gay in 2009, responded to Folau’s comments on Twitter.


English rugby international Joe Marler, who was a member of the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand in 2017, took a different approach to Folau’s comments.

Rather than using words, he responded to Folau’s posts with tweets featuring pictures of men kissing.

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