Gay and inclusive Rugby Union team the Sydney Convicts has been dealt a winning card, after signing Wallabies star Israel Folau.
The one year playing contract is part of a deal between the ARU and Israel Folau to allow him to keep playing rugby union.
“This will help broaden Israel’s narrow-minded view toward homosexuality,” says ARU boss Raelene Castle. “After one season playing for the convicts, Israel will be free to play for the Wallabies and NSW Waratahs.”
The ARU had threatened to terminate Folau’s multi-year, multimillion-dollar contract over homophobic social media posts.
“We’re relieved that’s not happening,” says Raelene Castle. “And we’re really looking forward to seeing Israel pull on a Convicts jersey!”
For his part, Israel Folau is remaining tight-lipped about the deal, but it’s understood the devoutly Christian player will maintain his normal position playing full back for the convicts.
“He’ll be great playing with and against gay footballers,” says the Convicts captain Sam Grimshaw. “He’ll be pleasantly surprised how hard we tackle.”