Today’s face of the day Israel Folau had Rainbow activists try to smear his debut by claiming that they were banned from waving their rainbow flags.

Folau took just six minutes to score his first try for the Dragons and received a warm reception from home fans at the Stade Gilbert Brutus in Perpignan during a 36-18 win over Castleford Tigers.

[…] The Dragons said it was not their policy to ban rainbow flags.

“It is not forbidden. We are gathering more information about what happened,” the team said in a statement published by British media.

[…] On Saturday, in his first rugby league match for a decade, Folau drew cheers when he rose to take a trademark high catch on the try-line for his early score.

Dragons fans in the crowd of 8,886 chanted “Izzy! Izzy!” as he was mobbed by his team mates.

[…] At the end of the match, Folau held up his hands to the crowd in appreciation before stopping to take selfies and chat with supporters.

This month, the Super League’s board voted to ensure they had greater authority over stopping similar “controversial signings”.

[…] Dragons coach Steve McNamara declined to comment on the flag matter in his post-match media conference.

[…] “We have signed a very talented player and he showed that today. Everybody deserves a second chance.

“When I sign a player I judge him on his playing abilities, not on his religious or political beliefs.

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