People are stunned by what Israel Folau did today as players knelt before kick-off
By Rugby Onslaught

People are stunned by what Israel Folau did today as players knelt before kick-off

Disgraced Australian rugby star Israel Folau made headlines earlier today after this controversial stance in the lead up to today’s Super League opener in rugby league.

The former Wallaby full-back was representing the Catalan Dragons against St Helens in a hotly anticipated return for rugby league.

Players had agreed to kneel before the game for the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. One player did not…

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Players from both sides agreed to take a knee for a few moments before kick-off along with referee Ben Thaler in what is seen as a show of solidarity against racism.

Israel Folau was the sole player to not join in with this and chose to stand.

We can see the former Australian fullback standing before the kickoff.

This got a wave of angry reactions online

There was also people on social media who supported Folau in not kneeling before the game started.

St Helens came out as clear victors in this Super League opener even if this pre match incident did somewhat overshadow the game itself.

Watch highlights of the match below