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RFU to meet England international over Israel Folau comments

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) say they will meet with Billy Vunipola following his support of Israel Folau’s controversial comments on social media.

Vunipola refused to distance himself from controversial comments made by Folau and said he has sympathy with the Australian’s views.


A RFU spokesperson told Sky Sports News: “Rugby is an inclusive sport and we do not support these views. We will be meeting with Billy to discuss his social media posts.”

Vunipola’s club side Saracens have said the player’s comments are “inconsistent” with the team’s values and they will handle the “very serious” matter internally.

A statement from Saracens said: “Saracens proudly embraces diversity and warmly welcomes everyone to the Club regardless of race, gender, religion and sexual orientation.

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So this morning I got 3 phone calls from people telling me to ‘unlike’ the @izzyfolau post. This is my position on it. I don’t HATE anyone neither do I think I’m perfect. There just comes a point when you insult what I grew up believing in that you just say enough is enough, what he’s saying isn’t that he doesn’t like or love those people. He’s saying how we live our lives needs to be closer to how God intended them to be. Man was made for woman to pro create that was the goal no? I’m not perfect I’m at least everything on that list at least at one point in my life. It hurts to know that. But that’s why I believe there’s a God. To guide and protect us and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

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“Our sport is open to all and we strive for it to be free from all forms of discrimination. We recognise that people have different belief systems and we expect everyone to be treated equally with respect and humility.

“As representatives and role models, Saracens players have a responsibility not only to themselves but to the Club and wider society.

“Billy Vunipola’s recent social media posts are inconsistent with this and we take this matter very seriously. It will be handled internally.”

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  1. James H

    Racism at the RFU. and other unions.

    First it was Denny Solomona who might have said something “homophobic” and had to be punished just in case.

    Then it was Mathieu Bastareaud (FFR), and now Israel Folau (ARU) and Billy Vunipola (RFU).

    So basically anyone of any colour, Creed and Nationality can play the game provided that they agree with the current “white” views on everything, or at least keep their mouths shut and let PRL have their “Rainbow Laces” weekends

    All this from the “All Inclusive IRB”.

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