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Halifax ace blasts Folau deal

29th January 2020, 08:43 by Michael Holland

Halifax prop Keegan Hirst has hit out at the Rugby Football League after Israel Folau signed for Catalans Dragons.

Folau was sacked by Rugby Australia last year after he made homophobic comments on Instagram, but that has not stopped Catalans from snapping him up.

Controversy has continued to surround Folau, who was recently quoted as saying gays and abortion are to blame for the recent devastating bushfires that have swept across Australia.

Super League officials have said they are disappointed by the signing, but says there is nothing they could have done to prevent it as Catalans secured him to a 12-month deal.

Catalans were made aware of the RFL's feelings, but it did not stop them from pressing ahead with a deal.

However, Hirst, Super League's first openly gay player, is far from happy that the move has been allowed to go ahead.

"Our great game is tasked with fighting against homophobia and standing up for the values it puts such high stock in," the former Wakefield Trinity star tweeted.

"It shows none of the bravery, camaraderie or integrity RFL expects from its players, staff and fans."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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