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Folau: How to watch documentary about controversial Wallabies star

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The story of one of Australia’s most talented and controversial sporting stars Folau will finally be told.

Israel Folau wowed sports lovers with his incredible ability at rugby league, rugby union and AFL.

However, he polarised the world with his controversial views on homosexuality.

The Sporting News has details on how you can watch the production.

MORE: Folau makes shock return to international rugby after law change

How to watch the Folau documentary?

Folau will be a two-part series that premieres on ABC TV and ABC iview at 8.45pm on Monday, November 21.

Part One will screen on the aforementioned date, while Part Two will be broadcast at 8.45pm on Monday, November 28.

ABC TV is a television channel available Australia’s free-to-air network.

You can watch ABC iview via an app by the same name at the Google Play store and Apple store, or via browser here.

Israel Folau

What will the Folau documentary feature?

Via interviews with Folau’s entourage, family and leaders in the Pasifika community in which he was brought up in, the story is told about the rise and subsequent controversy around one of Australia’s most gifted athletes.

Part One documents the upbringing of Folau with the Christian traditions of his Pasifika community, which helps to explain his controversial views in later life.

Rugby was the ‘other’ religion in Folau’s upbringing as the episode shows how he became a rugby league star, transitioned to AFL, before finishing in rugby union with a distinguished career at the Wallabies.

Part Two explores the posting of a controversial internet meme that shocked the nation and saw him sacked by Rugby Australia.

The episode shows the fallout from the sacking from both Folau’s point-of-view, but also straight and queer members of the Pasifika community.

It also details the legal fight Folau has engaged in with his former employers over his sacking following his controversial views.

Is Folau still playing sport?

Folau last appeared in the sporting arena when he played for Tonga against Fiji in the Pacific Nations Cup with Fiji in July this year.

It was his first match in international rugby for three years and seven months.

However the 33-year-old struggled to have an impact and limped off injured after only 27 minutes.

Folau hasn’t returned to professional sport since.

In 2021, he played rugby with Japanese side Urayasu D-Rocks, while in 2020 he played league with Catalans Dragons in France.

His last appearance with the Wallabies was in 2019.


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