Former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is fully supportive of a decision to raise the pride flag above Twickenham on Sunday in direct response to his selection of Israel Folau for the World XV clash with the Barbarians.
Folau, who was sacked by Rugby Australia for years ago for publishing a series of anti-gay posts on social media, will face off against Wallabies coach Eddie Jones, who will take charge of the Barbarians in England.
The Rugby Football Union has signalled it will respond to Folau’s presence with a show of support for the LGBTQ+ community by flying the rainbow flag.
Hansen is adamant Folau, who switched his allegiance to Tonga, deserves to be involved in the invitational fixture on the strength of his ability as a player and has no issue with the flag being flown.
“I think it’s great. It’s a consequence of Folau’s selection and I think it’s a good thing. It’s…