International referee Nigel Owens has penned a highly personal column criticizing Israel Folau, saying the Wallabies superstar’s infamous “HELL” Instagram post had the potential to tip a young person struggling with their sexuality “over the edge.”
Welshman Owens is one of rugby’s most respected figures who controlled the 2015 World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia.
He came out as gay in 2007 and has become a leading voice for inclusion in sport.
Writing for WalesOnline, Owens shared his experience of counselling a suicidal young rugby player who was afraid of coming out to his family and friends.
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