Israel Folau’s decision not to take his knee defended by Catalans Dragons coach Steve McNamara Rugby League news

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The only Folau player not to take part in Black Lives Matter’s supportive gesture ahead of St Helens vs Catalans Dragons as the Super League returns

Last updated: 02/08/20 21:38 pm



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Catalans Dragons head coach Steve McNamara said Israel Folau’s decision not to take the knee to support the Black Lives Matter movement was his personal choice

Catalans Dragons head coach Steve McNamara said Israel Folau’s decision not to take the knee to support the Black Lives Matter movement was his personal choice

Catalans Dragons coach Steve McNamara defended Israel Folau’s decision not to take a knee ahead of his side’s Super League game against St Helens

Officials and players from both sides knelt down to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, moments before kick-off on Sunday afternoon at Headingley.

But Folau, who signed a one-year contract extension with the Catalans last month, did not take part in the pre-game gesture and remained standing as others around him fell to one knee , which Catalans Dragons coach Steve McNamara described as “a personal choice. “.

“As a group of players and coaches we have talked about it in depth and as a club we are totally against racism and all for equal opportunities,” he said.

“But some players and staff have made the decision not to take the knee. It was based on personal choice, they have their own reasons for doing it, and we decided that we would respect anyone’s personal choice in this matter. “

St Helens players take a knee ahead of their game against the Catalans

St Helens players take a knee ahead of their game against the Catalans

Former Australia rugby union international Folau returned to play in the league earlier this year following his dismissal by Rugby Australia for posting homophobic comments on social media.

St Helens then beat the Catalans 34-6 before a Golden Point drop-goal from Luke Gale gave Leeds Rhinos a 27-26 victory over Huddersfield Giants, in the first round of Super League matches since the league suspension rugby tournament in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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