Wigan to host Pride Day when they take on Israel Folau’s Catalans

Drew Darbyshire

Wigan have confirmed their round six game against Catalans on March 22 will now be Pride Day, with the Warriors looking to support the LGBTQ+ community. 

The “Pride Day” confirmation follows the announcement of Israel Folau’s signature at Catalans.

Folau was sacked by Australia Rugby in December after he was released for writing homophobic posts on social media in April.

Wigan’s game against Catalans will see the club’s players wear rainbow socks and the players will wear rainbow laces for the game, with the club inviting LGBTQ+ groups, both locally and nationally, to be part of the day.

Warriors executive director, Kris Radlinski, said: “Here at Wigan Warriors we are committed to the core values of inclusion and respect.

“Our community foundation have a long history of supporting local LGBTQ+ groups and initiatives, and we want everyone who engages with our game to feel welcome, valued and most of all, respected.

“Rugby league has a strong history of inclusion, of breaking down barriers and of being a forward thinking sport.

“I think that today more than any day that it is vitally important we reiterate that message. We’re looking forward to working with charities, local and hopefully national groups, to make this day a success.”

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