Blues 'all about inclusiveness' in wake of Israel Folau 'gays go to hell' uproar

Blues coach Tana Umaga is confident his players are aware of their responsibilities when it comes to the use of social media in wake of Israel Folau's anti-gay comments on Instagram.

The Wallabies and Waratahs star suggested God would send homosexuals to hell 'unless they repent their sins' and has since copped heavy criticism from fans and players alike.

Umaga is satisfied his players understand what's expected of them when it comes to social media and encourages them to always think before they post.

"I know that with the Player's Association that that's a big part of their presentations," he said.

"We know how the use of social media and how it can affect and influence people, so it's just understanding those things.

"We're all about inclusiveness and you've just got to make sure if you're going to put something out there, does it show you in a good light? Is it what you believe and how does that influence others and does it put the club in a good light? And I think that's the responsibility these guys have and they've got to understand being a professional rugby player."

All Black halfbacks TJ Perenara and Brad Weber have since come out slamming Folau's 'harmful' comments.

"You don't need to look far to know that young Maori/PI are overrepresented in youth suicide statistics and, as I understand it, even more so when you look to those who are part of the Rainbow community," Perenara wrote.

"To anyone, young Maori/Pasifika people especially, who may be struggling with their identity - please know that it is OK to be you.

"You are perfect as you are. Do not let these comments keep you from being yourself. Polynesia has been sexually diverse since forever."


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