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Watch All Blacks’ ‘Diversity Is Strength’ video against discrimination amid Israel Folau’s anti-gay controversy

New Zealand’s rugby body has released a powerful two-minute video promoting inclusion and diversity

PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 April, 2018, 7:10pm
UPDATED : Monday, 23 April, 2018, 7:10pm

The New Zealand All Blacks have released a video as part of their inclusion and diversity campaign, coming hot on the heels of the Israel Folau anti-gay controversy.

Australian rugby union player Folau has been slammed for saying gays will go to hell unless they repent in a response to an Instagram question from one of his followers.

The Australian Rugby Union refused to sanction Folau, a devout Christian, saying that while they disagree with his views he has the right to express his opinion.

A number of rugby personalities have criticised Folau, including New Zealand players Brad Weber and TJ Perenara and referee Nigel Owen – who announced he was gay in 2007. Folau has also received support from fellow Australian players Paddy Ryan and Allan Alaalatoa.

In the video, the voice over says: “The next battle is different. The next enemy is truly formidable and deeply devious. It is discrimination – an enemy that cannot be fought alone and must be defeated together.

“It will take more than 15 – it will take thousands.”