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A Rotundity and happy ex hooker who just loves Rugby really, oh and my kids and Kendra of course who lets me watch as much Rugby as I want, mostly. Follow Digby Ross on Twitter @Diggercane.

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Thank you Sandbox, never too much info!

I cannot say I share your sympathy but you have provided a perspective I would have never thought to consider, let alone know much about. Cheers.

A letter to Alan Jones on the matter of Israel Folau

Thank you Sandbox, plenty to consider in your post and I do tend to agree that pigeonholing or using ‘identifiers’ can be an issue. The only way for something to be considered normal is to stop having to highlight it, I think. You do see identifiers used to describe people within the media, a lot of the time without any reason as it relates to the story.

A letter to Alan Jones on the matter of Israel Folau

Thank you Nick.

Appreciate the efforts you go to present us food for thought.

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Hi Sheek,

A well considered post and in broad strokes I agree with you, you do, as an individual need to and be encouraged to be comfortable within your own skin.

But, a bit like Chinese water torture, consistent .needling’ if you will takes its toll.

My eldest son is Maori and I can tell you there are times growing up where he is very confused about how he has been treated at times and ‘harden up’ doesn’t cut it, not in my book nor is simple to just ignore either and unfortunately, we have had to deal with suicide.

It is also one thing to learn to combat what you experience in ordinary life versus what those with a platform project so no, I do not agree that they should be left alone. You are right that they may not be responsible for the hurt people may feel but they are responsible for potentially exacerbating it and in my view, should be held to account as a result, as you suggest for others, they too should take personal accountability also in their words and delivery.

Change doesn’t come from accepting the status quo particularly if public figureheads are able to embolden others or have their views accepted, just because.

A letter to Alan Jones on the matter of Israel Folau

Given your predisposition to ‘bedwetting’ Hawtdawg I strongly suggest you consider investing in plastic sheets, it will save you a heap of trouble in the long run.

And tissues, can never have enough tissues. Can even get scented ones these days I believe for that pesky runny nose and to keep things fresh. Little things like that can help you get over your self loathing.

A letter to Alan Jones on the matter of Israel Folau

Pity you didn’t follow your own advice.

How any thinking person can dismiss another’s thoughts and experiences as ‘rubbish’ is well beyond me.

A letter to Alan Jones on the matter of Israel Folau

Thank you Timothy for sharing your heart felt and thought provoking piece.

A letter to Alan Jones on the matter of Israel Folau

Hi Ralph,

Was there any action taken over the first post regarding his views on the SSM referendum? Cannot remember personally and I would have thought that was perfectly fine given (if I remember correctly) a few others had expressed their support so perfectly fine to me to state your position publicly if you wish.

The first instance was the post last year and his response to a question regarding the fate of homosexuals I thought which caused the initial fuss and the discussions etc and his own written explanation, all leading to the current reaction and status quo.

Israel Folau has been unfairly hounded out of Australian rugby

Thanks James and again, I believe that if that was his post, there would have been no issue, as demonstrated from many earlier direct quotes he had posted.

Israel Folau has been unfairly hounded out of Australian rugby

A lot of good Viking, you have no argument from me there.

Israel Folau has been unfairly hounded out of Australian rugby

The issue that has been raised Viking is quite right, it is not his direct quotes from the bible which are the issue and in this case, more the ‘bio toxic’ type crude warning label/meme that he did which for the life of me I cannot find conveyed in the bible.

If only he had just stuck to direct bible quotes.

Israel Folau has been unfairly hounded out of Australian rugby

As do I Ric, sad state it is.

Good for your Blues to get over that Chiefs hurdle mate, congrats.

Israel Folau has been unfairly hounded out of Australian rugby

Good post Riccardo.

Personally I struggle with what the conversation has become about and detracts from what I believe is a contract matter. To suggest persecution given his prior episode and recent contract is ridiculous in my view.

His lack of seeming remorse, not retracting the post and likelihood of doing it (without even considering his own written words) again make the decision seem reasonable to me along with as you say holding up a business arrangement versus sponsorship is quite ludicrous. And the continued airing of Joyce and his orientation, its a shocking argument considering three others have since pulled their brands/dollars from association, a couple the first time but oh so convenient to pile on the gay chap, makes for a better angle.

I guess the decision makes there were not homosexuals which would make their decisions fine and dandy and not ‘hypocritical’

There also seems to be a point of view that he has or should have no personal accountability for his actions, despite warnings and discussions, as though he is a child. He is 30 year old man who has experienced several professional environments and again, has been through this before.

Why is this on everyone else except him?

Certainly, it is of no coincidence that many commentators that are negative towards RA are certainly taking the opportunity to side up with Folau on this debate to put the boot in also.

Rights and wrongs can be debated but there is only one person to blame for this whole sorry episode and to continue to ignore this fact shows how ridiculous this has all become.

Israel Folau has been unfairly hounded out of Australian rugby

No rugby on?

Will Raelene Castle survive the Folau scandal?

Ahhhh good one! Now I have Kylie Minogue in my head!

Super Rugby Round 14: What follows a good round?

Can sure throw some serious shade….

Super Rugby Round 14: What follows a good round?

Not sure how I managed to get this in there twice. Whoopsie

Super Rugby Round 14: What follows a good round?

I completely disagree

Super Rugby Round 14: What follows a good round?

Sigh.

‘1 or 2 lines for a sure thing each week’

Uh huh.

Very good, well played Brett, well played.

Tell me though, how does my ass look being you are so far behind on the tipping table there? Can you still see me?

Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha

Super Rugby Round 14: What follows a good round?

Sigh.

‘1 or 2 lines for a sure thing each week’

Uh huh.

Very good, well played Brett, well played.

Tell me though, how does my ass look being you are so far behind on the tipping table there? Can you still see me?

Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha

Super Rugby Round 14: What follows a good round?

Yes as delightful as a Folau shared meme

Super Rugby Round 14: What follows a good round?

There will be no Pavaroti impersonations Im afraid Ric.

Super Rugby Round 14: What follows a good round?

I can assure you the fat man will not.

Super Rugby Round 14: What follows a good round?

I will be the bloke sitting down

Super Rugby Round 14: What follows a good round?

I am not above throwing things at the TV but that’s not exclusively about the officials either!

The Wrap: Super Rugby’s week 13, lucky for some