Perenara on Folau controversy: Polynesia has been sexually diverse since forever

Rugby Australia has taken no action against Folau after his homophobic comments

"We accept Israel's position".

"We value inclusion and diversity, whether it be gender, ethnicity, social economic status, sexuality or religion", she read from a prepared statement.

"I think it's something we'll look at in terms of working with the teams to manage social media".

I've been involved in many arguments about whether sporting personalities are role models for children and young people.

"It's less about trying to restrict people's individual points of view and more about promoting through our member unions and everybody involved in rugby that rugby's values are about inclusiveness and diversity and tolerance and making sure that people see that as being part of the sport".

Chargers president Xavier Goldie has sent an open invitation for devout Christian Folau to attend one of their training sessions in the hope he could understand why his comments were so hurtful to the gay community.

"Weber's stance has drawn praise in his homeland with a New Zealand Herald column labelling him a "modern-day rugby hero", while rugby columnist Paul Cully wrote on Fairfax Media's Stuff website it was Weber's "...biggest tackle, bringing down Israel Folau" over the comments.

Last year, Folau was criticised by teammates after tweeting his opposition to gay marriage ahead of Australia's gay marriage referendum.

Alaalatoa says his Super Rugby rival is entitled to his opinion that comes with practising Christianity and he had seen firsthand how dedicated Folau was to his faith.


Rugby Australia has been accused of rolling over lightly in its handling of the Folau fallout for failing to discipline him.

Those convictions, however, have prompted criticism from Hurricanes' and All Blacks' half-back TJ Perenara.

Brad Weber, the one cap All Black halfback, has broken his silence and went on Twitter to call Israel Folau to order over his comments about gay people.

"It was not ok to say that".

"I was lucky enough to have a few times with him in the Wallaby camp to see what's he about and mainly to see his beliefs as a Christian man", Alaalatoa said. Comments that cause further harm can not be tolerated.

While Super Rugby players and personnel generally have been reluctant to comment publicly, Weber said he was "kinda sick" of players staying quiet on issues.

Katarina Williams travelled to Japan with assistance from the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Folau publicly opposed Australia's decision to legalise same-sex marriage a year ago.

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