Rugby Union Today: Israel Folau criticises Rugby Australia

Date published: April 16 2018

Another busy day in the rugby union game as the Israel Folau controversy continues with the full-back claiming that Rugby Australia ‘misrepresented’ him.

What’s on the site

It was an interesting week of rugby, both on and off the field, and we look at ‘who’s hot and who’s not’ in the sport.

In Super Rugby, the Bulls and Waratahs impressed over Round Nine and that is shown in our Team of the Week.

Finally, there are highlights of the weekend’s Premiership action, where Newcastle, Wasps and Saracens were among those to pick up crucial victories.

What’s in the news

Israel Folau refuses to back down over his controversial comment claiming that gays will go to hell, writing a column defending his position. He also criticised Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle following remarks she made in her press conference.

Another controversial story from the past few weeks has been the trial of Stuart Olding and Paddy Jackson. Although both were acquitted, they had their contracts revoked by the IRFU and Ulster, and are seeking new clubs. Exeter Chiefs have been linked with Olding, but their coach Rob Hunter denied that they were looking at signing him.

What’s on social media

Bristol, who will be in the Premiership next season following promotion from the Championship, have rebranded themselves, but it has given opposition supporters plenty of comedic ammunition.

What’s on TV

The Champions Cup has reached the semi-final stage with the two matches being split between Sky Sports and BT Sport. The latter will show Racing 92 against Munster while the former has the all-PRO14 clash between Leinster and the Scarlets.

Sky also has a packed Super Rugby schedule and will broadcast all seven matches, starting with the Auckland-based Blues hosting the Highlanders.