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Israel Folau stays standing and refuses to take knee for Black Lives Matter during Super League restart

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Israel Folau stays standing and refuses to take knee for Black Lives Matter during Super League restart

Israel Folau opted against taking a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement ahead of the Catalan Dragons’ Super League game against St Helens

Rugby League star Israel Folau decided not to take a knee ahead of his return to action in the Super League with the Catalan Dragons, opting to stay standing instead.

Folau was the only person on the field who remained standing, with the other 25 players from both the Dragons, St Helens and the referee taking a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The 31-year-old made the move back to Rugby League last year after he was sacked by Rugby Australia for saying that “hell awaits” gay people.

Folau’s head coach Steve McNamara has defended Folau’s decision not to take a knee, saying the club would “respect anyone’s personal choice on the matter”.

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