In the wake of the Wallabies record-breaking six-try effort against the All Blacks, it was never going to be long before thoughts turned to Israel Folau.
It was always going to happen.
The 47 points conceded by the All Blacks was the most in their history – against any opponent. Conclusion? They’re not a bad team without the controversial Folau.
Former Wallaby Peter FitzSimons – an outspoken critic of Folau – was quick to stick the boot in.
“There was a player missing … I can’t remember, what was his name? Is it Israel? What happened to that bloke?”
Twitter was even less forgiving.
The Wallabies really missed Folau tonight….
— Peter van Onselen (@vanOnselenP) August 10, 2019
Folau leaves Wallabies. Wallabies finally beat the ABs.
Is that you, God?
— Kaz M (@KarinMary1) August 10, 2019
I'd like to thank @IzzyFolau for praying for a Wallaby win last night.
— Scott Dooley (@scottdools) August 10, 2019
Hey @IzzyFolau, you sit there and you thump your Bible, and you say your prayers, and it didn’t get you anywhere. Talk about your psalms, talk about John 3:16…
Nic White 3:16 says we just whipped their ass! #BledisloeCup #AUSvNZL pic.twitter.com/AX2X44WQ5I
— AB ?? (@outlawmate) August 11, 2019
God had spoken, the Wallabies are better off without Israel Folau!!
— blakandblack (@BlakandBlack) August 11, 2019
So Rugby Aus tears up Israel Folau's contract and the Wallbies finally beat the All blacks ? That's a clear message from God imo #AUSvNZL
— anu mathimugan (@deedeewhiteshep) August 11, 2019
Idiot Israel Folau gets rightly booted out of the Wallabies, who then go on to destroy the All Blacks. Karma and vengeful gods come in all shapes and forms #AUSvNZL
— ScottyFreak (@ScottyFreak) August 10, 2019
Guess Israel Folau wasn't indispensable to the Wallabies after all. #AUSvNZ
— Tukeke (@Tukeke70) August 10, 2019
@IzzyFolau The @qantaswallabies were fantastic last night. #BledisloeCup #Rugby #AUSvNZ The difference was they played as a team. It wasn't about one person. It wasn't about one prima donna. It's fitting that you weren't there. Makes the victory even sweeter. #AllBlacks pic.twitter.com/NHLIxcNojb
— Goodfella (@ChiefGoodfella) August 11, 2019
Australia looks forward to many years of Wallaby victories now that they have embraced woke paganism.
— Preston F Fitzgerald III (@PrestonFFitzIII) August 11, 2019
However, some defended Folau amid the barrage of gleeful taunting.
— johnny NRL_DRAGONS (@johnny_mynrl) August 11, 2019
SO WHAT !! FITSU is Israel was playlng the score would have been so much better..NZ was playing with 14 players so what is your point of this thread!??
— wayne ritchie (@varminter) August 11, 2019
May be with Folau it would have been 67.
— Bob Blackie (@BobBlackie) August 11, 2019
Taken a screenshot of this for after the Auckland game. Which team will God back there after such a balanced attack on an individual…..
— Happyalways (@unhappynow) August 11, 2019
What a nasty bitter old bitch this clod is
Peter FitzSimons sledges Israel Folau after Wallabies smash All Blacks https://t.co/0tc2AufdhT
— Mammy (@JoeBrow67457841) August 11, 2019
Fun to mock a man about his beliefs but it says more about your bigotry than his.
— Winston Smith (@about_rumors) August 11, 2019
When you make comments like that after ONE win you are struggling. Can't ever remember Folau saying he will be missed by the Wallabies or it will cost them wins?
— Grumpy OLD Soldier (@GrumpyOLSoldier) August 11, 2019
Indeed All Black Ben Smith called it before the match, suggesting Beale posed a bigger threat to the All Blacks than the former NRL and AFL star.
“He (Folau) is a world-class player … but Kurtley Beale has got that same X-factor, and he’s a quality player too,” Smith said.
“Kurtley Beale is pretty dangerous. He has a good sidestep.”
Press conference: England flanker Tom Curry ahead of his side’s game against Wales on Sunday. He says he’s confident that he’s done everything he could to earn a place in the side Eddie Jones takes to Japan, saying it would be a ‘boyhood dream’.
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