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Dear Israel Folau, I’ve already been to hell | Kim Baker Wilson

I don’t need anyone to tell me I’m going to hell, I’ve already beenSign up to receive the latest Australian opinion pieces every weekdayI used to describe it like having my own funeral. The old Kim disappeared, he isn’t here now.It happened after I was…

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Scott Morrison praises Israel Folau’s ‘strong character’ after anti-gay remarks

Treasurer describes Wallabies star as a ‘good man’ and applauds him for ‘standing up for his faith’ The federal treasurer, Scott Morrison, has backed Wallabies star Israel Folau’s “strong character” in standing up for his religious belief that gay peop…

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Rugby Australia caught between a rock and a hard place by Israel Folau | Bret Harris

Rugby Australia chose not to sanction their star player but will be holding their breath to see how sponsors respondWhether or not they are religious, Australian rugby officials will be praying major sponsors have been appeased by Israel Folau’s explan…

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Israel Folau escapes Rugby Australia sanction after revealing he offered to quit

Rugby Australia ‘accepts Folau’s position’Wallabies player says he was misrepresentedIsrael Folau has escaped sanction by Rugby Australia in the wake of his controversial comments on homosexuality after he said he offered to walk away from his contract…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/17/israel-folau-would-sooner-lose-friends-family-and-rugby-than-his-religion

Israel Folau’s beliefs are ugly but censoring him won’t weed out homophobia | Paul Karp

If Rugby Australia sponsors don’t like Folau’s views they can pull their support but the only real solution is to talk people around so there is less hateHowever much I disagree with him, Israel Folau should be allowed to express the opinion that gay p…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/10/israel-folaus-beliefs-are-ugly-but-censoring-him-will-not-weed-out-homophobia

Israel Folau’s anti-gay comments ‘very disappointing’ – Qantas

Wallabies sponsor says it backs Rugby Australia’s stance on tolerance and inclusionQantas has expressed its disappointment to Rugby Australia after the star player Israel Folau made homophobic comments on his personal Instagram account saying gay peopl…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/06/israel-folaus-anti-gay-comments-very-disappointing-qantas

Israel Folau asked to explain Instagram post saying gay people will go to hell

• Folau criticised after controversial Instagram post• Rugby Australia and New South Wales Waratahs want explanationRugby Australia and the New South Wales Waratahs will seek explanation from Israel Folau after his comment on social media suggesting th…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/05/israel-folau-explain-comments-gay-people-go-to-hell

David Pocock returns to tackle crucial change in ruck law

With the stroke of a pen law-makers may succeed where the world’s best backrowers have failedDavid Pocock will face his greatest challenge when he makes his comeback for the Brumbies against the NSW Waratahs in the Super Rugby game in Canberra on Satur…

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Tactical kicking back in fashion as Wallabies look for Test edge

Cheika has preferred ball in hand, but tactic changes are needed to keep up with IrelandIt is the tactic Michael Cheika once banned at the NSW Waratahs and has restricted at the Wallabies, but it may well be just the strategy Australia will need to suc…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/mar/21/tactical-kicking-back-in-fashion-as-wallabies-look-for-test-edge

Rugby Australia should buy European club to tap into northern wealth

An overseas-based Australian team could become an additional talent pool for the WallabiesIn an historic, yet largely unnoticed announcement, Raelene Castle revealed last Friday that Rugby Australia was exploring partnership arrangements with Japanese …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/mar/05/rugby-australia-should-buy-european-club-to-tap-into-northern-wealth

Karmichael Hunt avoids cocaine conviction but pleads guilty to lesser charge

Wallabies player pleads guilty to possessing Xanax and failing to attend a police station Code-hopping footballer Karmichael Hunt has avoided a conviction for alleged cocaine possession but his future remains unclear after his latest court matter was b…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/19/karmichael-hunt-avoids-cocaine-conviction-but-pleads-guilty-to-lesser-charge

Sir Nicholas Shehadie, former Wallaby and Sydney lord mayor, dies aged 92

Alan Jones says death of Shehadie, husband of former NSW governor Dame Marie Bashir, will ‘leave a hole in the heart’Former Sydney lord mayor and ex-Wallaby captain Sir Nicholas Shehadie has been remembered as a truly great Australian following his dea…

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Australian women romp to Sydney 7s win as men play South Africa in final

Australia 31-0 New Zealand in women’sAustralia 24-12 New Zealand in men’sAustralia’s flawless Sydney 7s win is up there with the Olympic gold medal two years ago, co-captain Shannon Parry says, but something even more special could be around the corner…

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Karmichael Hunt stood down by Rugby Australia after drug possession charges

Wallabies and Queensland Reds player arrested on SaturdayHunt will not take part in any rugby-related activities during investigationRugby Australia has stood down Karmichael Hunt from all playing and training activities after he was arrested and charg…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/30/wallabies-player-karmichael-hunt-charged-with-drug-possession

Australian rugby union great Ken Catchpole dies aged 78

The former Wallabies captain and halfback, who was inducted in the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2013, had been ill for a long timeWallabies legend Ken Catchpole has died aged 78.Catchpole, who played 27 Tests from 1961 including 13 as captain, is revere…

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Rugby Australia choose best person for job but Castle’s appointment still symbolic | Kate O’Halloran

New chief executive keen to play down down gendered analysis after being tasked with addressing the game’s many issuesThe decision by Rugby Australia to appoint Raelene Castle as its new chief executive is a watershed moment for women in sports leaders…

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