“There’s been great support from the public” says controversial Folau as he plots next move

Israel Folau has told Fox Sports how he has had “many conversations” with the public as he claims that only a “minority” are against him.

Australian businessman and politician Clive Palmer held a press conference with Folau last week, outlining the duo’s desire for the cross-code star to play for Southport Tigers in the Gold Coast.

Whilst the press as a whole has been largely sceptical of Folau’s return, the Australian claimed he has a lot of support from the public.

“There’s been great support from the public; I come across many people out there and they’ve shown me the support,” Folau said.

“I’ve had so many conversations with so many people – in the past few years you have the minority that are loud but there are so many supporters out there that I’m really thankful for.

“I’m just thankful for all the people like Clive and other Australians that are in support of myself and my family.

When asked about the controversial Instagram post that led to his sacking from Rugby Australia which said “hell awaits for gay people”, Folau responded, “I tell you what I do stand for as a Christian – I stand for the Bible and what it says.

“Every written word that’s written in the book I stand by that; I believe what the Bible says and its clear – that’s God’s written word and I believe that wholeheartedly.”

Palmer interjected, “we’re hear to win the Premiership, thats what we want to focus on.”

That Premiership aim has not got off to the best of starts with Southport Tigers winning just one of their opening three fixtures this season, going down 88-0 to Burleigh Bears at the weekend.

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