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Sport Folau sheds light on meeting with Pocock after anti-gay comment

18:57  03 june  2018
18:57  03 june  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

Comment: Is Folau ready to turn up the heat on Weber?

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Israel Folau asked to explain post claiming gay people will go to hell. The chief executives of Rugby NSW and Rugby Australia said on Thursday they would meet with Folau to discuss his comments . He has previously spoken about his Christian beliefs and expressed anti - gay sentiments.

Rugby union star David Pocock has weighed in on teammate Israel Folau ’s anti - gay comments , saying he fears they could be harmful to young people. Folau , a devout Christian, has been at the centre of controversy over a series of anti - gay social media posts, including messages that gay

In form: Israel Folau runs the ball during the Waratahs' defeat of the Reds on Saturday night.© AAP In form: Israel Folau runs the ball during the Waratahs' defeat of the Reds on Saturday night.

Israel Folau has shed light on his one-on-one conversation with David Pocock last month, saying that while the pair might not see eye to eye on his religious beliefs they respect each other and won't let the issue affect their relationship as Wallabies teammates.

Folau and Pocock, two of Australian rugby’s biggest names, will link up together in Wallabies camp in Brisbane on Monday ahead of Australia’s three-Test series against Ireland.

There has been plenty of discussion about their relationship since Folau’s controversial anti-gay Instagram comment that said God’s plan for gay people was "hell".

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Was Folau 's public comments that homosexuals are destined for hell unless they repented their sins hurtful, divisive and dangerous. "I was asked a question by somebody about what God's plan is for gay people. My response to the question is what I believe God's plan is for all sinners, according to

Folau on Sunday shed light on the conversation he had with Pocock at a meeting of Wallabies players at Sanctuary Cove last month. The 29-year-old was also adamant there would be no issue with the pair playing alongside each other. Pocock has previously voiced his concern about the influence

Pocock has been a staunch supporter of gay marriage and Michael Cheika recently revealed the pair spoke at a meeting of Wallabies players at Sanctuary Cove in early May.

Speaking in Brisbane on Sunday, Folau opened up about what transpired.

“It was a one-on-one chat with Poey during that time we caught up as a team,” Folau said. “There’s nothing personal towards each other. We respect each other fully. I’m looking forward to seeing him when [the Brumbies players in the Australian squad] get into camp.

“Cheik didn’t bring it up ... Poey came up to me and we had an open conversation. We’re both grown men and talk about things openly. I respect Poey for being open about that.

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David Pocock fears anti - gay social media posts by professional athletes will reverse steps taken to make sports more inclusive, but says his differing views with Israel Folau on Sunday shed light on the conversation he had with Pocock at a meeting of Wallabies players at Sanctuary Cove last month.

David Pocock "strongly disagrees" with Israel Folau 's anti - gay views but insists it will not affect harmony within the Wallabies camp ahead of Saturday's first Test against Ireland. Folau and Pocock are expected to be named in the Wallabies line-up for Saturday's first Test with Ireland.

“We just had an open chat about our different beliefs. We respect each other. It doesn’t change the way we feel about each other. It’s nothing personal against them and we both understand that.

“It’s a great thing we were open to each other and it’s going to be the same for the next three weeks.

“It won’t change anything when we step out onto the field. I’ll be there to cover him and same with him. We’re 100 per cent behind each other.”

Folau has been able to separate the off-field drama that has plagued him ever since his Instagram comment went viral and became a talking point for weeks on end.

His is in blistering form for the Waratahs and there is nothing to suggest he won’t carry that into a Test series against the world’s No.2 ranked side.

“When I step out onto the footy field, it’s the same thing,” Folau said. “It hasn’t changed anything for me. I still go out there and get the job for the team and do the best I can.

“It’s something I live by and it drives me each day. It helps me personally when I go out on the footy field.”

Folau said that while he would stand firm on his beliefs, he was prepared to speak to any Wallabies player if they wanted clarity or an explanation about his views.

“I’m more than happy to talk to my teammates or anyone within the team one on one or even in front of the group," Folau said. "I think there’s a whole lot of respect in the team and that’s what I like about the team. We’re in it together as one. We all respect each other.

“Everyone is from different backgrounds but we’re all one team and we try and achieve something on the footy field which is something special.”

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An inspirational performance from David Pocock helped the Wallabies draw first blood against Ireland with bruising victory in Brisbane.Michael Hooper’s men have ensured their 39-year unbeaten run on Australian soil against the Irish remained intact with a two tries to zero result that was finished off by a late five-pointer to Pocock in the 72nd minute.

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