Israel Folau reportedly loses Land Rover over anti-gay stance

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 18, 2018

Rugby Australia might not have punished Israel Foalu for his controversial anti-gay comments on social media, but one of his sponsors has.

It is understood the Wallabies and Waratahs are both keen to re-sign Folau, while several NRL clubs are reportedly circling the former Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos player.

The code-hopping superstar has suffered widespread backlash for publicising his extreme views, with the Wallabies' major sponsor Qantas outraged and others including All Blacks halfback TJ Perenara pointing out Folau's profound influence on vulnerable youngsters.

Asked what his message would be to a young homosexual rugby fan who may idolise Folau, Cheika said support systems and learning to "detach" from such messages was the key.

"What's happened has happened, it's been dealt with now, and it's not going to be ongoing, so it's not going to be an issue", Cheika told Macquarie Sports Radio.

"Self-esteem in people, no matter who they are, is extremely important - self belief, self esteem - and if that's something that you don't agree with, then you detach from that".

"That way it'll be, "he's no longer my idol" if that's the case, if that effects (me) like that".

Cheika said the onus was also on parents to shield their children from potentially harmful social media posts.

'Us as parents, which I am, and as coaches, which I try to do with the lads (we have to protect them) because it happens all around'.

"Because you don't want people to get affected by that stuff, that is 100 percent clear".

However, that message didn't appear to hit home as Folau this month posted a link to an inflammatory video You Tube video titled, "It's Time To Get Right With God".

"There's other things out there that you might not like and that's what it is. And like I said, if it's not ongoing then it's not going to be an issue".

"Izzy wants to be part of the team, not just now but in the future as well".

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