Australian centurion Matt Giteau has taken to social media to share his views regarding what has happened in the world of rugby over the past month.
In light of Israel Folau’s sacking by Rugby Australia over an Instagram post in which he said “Hell awaits you. Repent. Jesus Saves” to various groups in society, the topic of religious beliefs and rugby has been fiercely debated.
The matter was brought into sharper focus in the northern hemisphere after England’s Billy Vunipola defended liking Folau’s post, something that has subsequently seen him get booed when playing.
However, the matter has raged on in recent days, with a number of Pacific Island players, who share Folau’s Christian beliefs, defending themselves and standing up for what they believe in. The Reds and Australia hooker has been particularly vocal.
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However, the 103-cap Wallaby has shared a post on social media saying “I wish we talked more about our great game & player performances rather than personal beliefs.” He went on to say that he played in many diverse teams which “all got along great as we respected each individual’s way of living.”
Giteau has obviously shared the sentiments of many other players, with a host of players past and present commenting and liking his post.
Of course, one of the main dangers that has been seen over the past weeks is liking a player’s post, shown by those that have come under heavy criticism for accidentally liking Folau’s post. However, judging by the huge number of players that have liked this post, it is fair to say that they are in agreement with him. These names include Quade Cooper, Ma’a Nonu, Maro Itoje, as well as Vunipola and Tupou themselves, and many more.
With Folau facing a code of conduct hearing on the fourth of May, it is unlikely that this story will die down soon, but Giteau has perhaps shared the thoughts that many players, and perhaps fans are thinking currently.
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