No homophobia issues at ‘Tahs – Folau

Date published: March 23 2015

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Full-back Israel Folau has denied that homophobia is a problem at the Waratahs and said there's no room for homophobes in the game.

Brumbies flanker David Pocock told referee Craig Joubert twice that comments from the opposition were of a homophobic nature during the Waratahs' 28-13 victory in Sydney on Sunday.

Pocock's allegation was believed to have been directed at a Waratahs forward.

But Folau is adament that the Waratahs do not have an issue with homophobia.

"Certainly not," he told AAP.

"Rugby's a game of inclusion where everyone is welcomed in and so me personally I don't think there's any of that within this club and also in the game of rugby.

"Myself, I'm a religious guy. Everyone has different backgrounds, culture and different beliefs."

Pocock's allegations have become a hot issue which the Super Rugby governing body will likely have to deal with as they are certain to have been included in the referee's report filed by experienced South African whistleblower Craig Joubert.

A SANZAR spokesman said officials still had to complete the regular review of post-match reports filed by the referee and other match officials.

He added that the Brumbies did not file a formal complaint yet relating to Pocock's allegation.

A Brumbies official said the franchise was leaving Sanzar to deal with the issue.

Pocock has been an advocate for several moral causes – including same-sex marriage – and Folau believes that is the flanker's business.

"Everyone's different," added Folau.

"I can't comment on the way he is as a person. That's not my place to say anything."

Folau doesn't believe the controversy will add spice to the next clash between the sides, but he admitted there was a little more "heat" than normal in Sunday's derby.

"The rivalry between the two clubs is what normally forms that, so there was always going to be a bit of heat," he said.

"In the end, It was a great game that the boys really enjoyed being a part of."

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