Sky Sports pundits discuss Israel Folau joining Catalans

Sky Sports pundit Jon Wilkin has had his say on Catalans signing controversial character Israel Folau.

The 30-year-old has joined the Dragons on a one-year contract after he was sacked by Rugby Australia for homophobic comments he posted on social media.

Toronto forward Wilkin was a guest pundit on Sky Sports for Thursday night’s match between Warrington and St Helens, which the Wolves won 19-0.

Wilkin said: “The question remains, should Catalans be able to bring this guy in and does it damage our brand?

“Quite brutally, the business decision has been made that the value that he brings as a player almost outweighs the negative attention that he has brought.

“This is such an emotive thing and he has passionately stood up for what he believes in and that’s his faith but we have a responsibility to sometimes not express your views in a workplace.


“For a sport that is inclusive and of all the developments we are making, it does fly in the face of that.

“You could almost understand the decision from Catalans if his contract was for three, four or five years and it was like a big investment in this guy to try to make him understand a more tolerant view and a liberal attitude to his faith but it is a one-year contract and if you are looking at it as a brand, you’ve got to ask ‘is this worth more to the game than it isn’t?”

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  1. Should israel falou be in our game for homophobic comments my view is this zack hardaker got a 5 game ban for homophobic comments about a referee now its forgotten about ,ben barba is welcomed into our game with previous for using his wife as a punchbag and wins man of steel and nothing said so why are we now all jumping on the bandwagon to get rid of israel falou and his beliefs i just think were all to quick to judge

  2. Let him play the game he loves if we are stopping him playing hardaker shoud not be playing he has been in more trouble than israel to many snowflakes these day you cant not say this or do is

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