English league team trolls Israel Folau after he signs with new club

News 29/01/2020

It only took a few minutes after Israel Folau signing with Catalans for another club to take aim at the Aussie.

The controversial 73-test Wallaby has made a return to rugby league after signing a one-year deal with France-based Super League club Catalans Dragons. Disgraced Folau last year had his contract terminated by Rugby Australia after an online anti-gay rant.

English club Wigan Warriors quickly responded to the move by jumping on Twitter and announcing their round six clash with Catalans would be Pride Day 'as the Warriors look support the LGBTQ+ community' (sic).

The reply has been met with praise from fans.

"As a LGBTQ+ Rhinos fan I want to say thank you for taking this stance it is very much appreciated, I just hope Leeds Rhino and other clubs follow suit and stand up for equality and diversity in the game," one fan responded.

"Big respect to you for doing this," said another. "I now know everything I need to know about what kind of club Catalans are. It is shameful that in 2020 they think it's OK to sign a player who uses his religion as an excuse to spread utter hatred. Appalling club!"

"Bloody brilliant! Don't want that bellend near the sport," one wrote of Folau while another said "I "feel a sick note coming from a certain player".

The round six clash will see Wigan's players don rainbow socks and laces with LGBTQ+ groups welcomed to be part of the day.