Israel Folau

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Folau in Sydney, June 2014

Isileli "Israel" Folau (born 3 April 1989) is an Australian professional rugby player. He last played for the New South Wales Waratahs in the Super Rugby. He also played for the Australia national rugby union team from 2013 until he was sacked in 2019. He has played professional rugby league and Australian rules football. In the National Rugby League (NRL), he played for the Melbourne Storm (2007–08) and the Brisbane Broncos (2009–10). He left rugby league to play Australian rules football in the Australian Football League (AFL). He played for the Greater Western Sydney Giants from 2011 to 2012. Since 2013, he has played rugby union.

Folau was born in Minto, New South Wales. He is of Tongan ancestry. He later moved to Queensland. He was a student at Marsden State High School with classmates Chris Sandow and Antonio Winterstein.

Folau is a Christian. In the past, he has made social media posts considered by many to be anti-gay. After similar comments were posted on his Instagram in April 2019, his contract was ended by Rugby Australia.[1]

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  1. "Israel Folau to be sacked by Rugby Australia over homophobic comments". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 11 April 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2019.

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