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Friday, 12 April 2019

Folau's social media rant leaves ex-teammates baffled


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Israel Folau may have had his Rugby Australia contract torn up, but his erratic behaviour has left his former teammates confused.

Speaking to Fox Sports' Kick On, former Wallabies and ex-teammates of Folau Stephen Hoiles and Matt Giteau agreed that Rugby Australia and the NSW Waratahs had made the correct call, but remained baffled by the actions of their former teammate.

"We've all played rugby with him and that's why it's so confusing when people say 'why would he do this?',"Hoiles said.

"You can't give them an answer because he's not loud, in my time with him he's never preaching, he's very private with his thoughts and beliefs.

Israel Folau

"He's a quiet, considered teammate and the things he does on social media don't reflect the person that I've spent time with.

"That's why I'm very confused with this, but the action that's been taken is correct."

Giteau echoed the statements made by Hoiles and elaborated on the responsibility that players carry when wearing the Australian Wallabies jersey.

"When you play for your country and pull on that gold jersey you're representing all of Australia, all sexes, races, whatever you believe in - you're representing for everyone and playing for a bigger cause," he said.

"I can't get my head around the need to post it on social media.

Folau had a carefree lunch a day after his Rugby Australia contract was terminated

"He's a great guy, my actual dealings with him have been unbelievable but I don't agree with what he's done. I think the ARU have made the right call here."

Hoiles also added that the comments made by Folau put unfair pressure on the rest of his Wallabies teammates.

"It's unfair to those players," he said.

"You don't want to turn up to training with 20 news cameras there to talk about something that's nothing to do with your rugby team. That is distracting.

"Izzy's a very popular part of that team. Every player would have a lot of respect for what he's done for that club so there will be players hurting with what's happening here."

Israel Folau may have had his Rugby Australia contract torn up, but his erratic behaviour has left his former teammates confused.

Speaking to Fox Sports' Kick On, former Wallabies and ex-teammates of Folau Stephen Hoiles and Matt Giteau agreed that Rugby Australia and the NSW Waratahs had made the correct call, but remained baffled by the actions of their former teammate.

"We've all played rugby with him and that's why it's so confusing when people say 'why would he do this?',"Hoiles said.

"You can't give them an answer because he's not loud, in my time with him he's never preaching, he's very private with his thoughts and beliefs.

Israel Folau

"He's a quiet, considered teammate and the things he does on social media don't reflect the person that I've spent time with.

"That's why I'm very confused with this, but the action that's been taken is correct."

Giteau echoed the statements made by Hoiles and elaborated on the responsibility that players carry when wearing the Australian Wallabies jersey.

"When you play for your country and pull on that gold jersey you're representing all of Australia, all sexes, races, whatever you believe in - you're representing for everyone and playing for a bigger cause," he said.

"I can't get my head around the need to post it on social media.

Folau had a carefree lunch a day after his Rugby Australia contract was terminated

"He's a great guy, my actual dealings with him have been unbelievable but I don't agree with what he's done. I think the ARU have made the right call here."

Hoiles also added that the comments made by Folau put unfair pressure on the rest of his Wallabies teammates.

"It's unfair to those players," he said.

"You don't want to turn up to training with 20 news cameras there to talk about something that's nothing to do with your rugby team. That is distracting.

"Izzy's a very popular part of that team. Every player would have a lot of respect for what he's done for that club so there will be players hurting with what's happening here."

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