Israel Folau and David Pocock have cleared the air.
Israel Folau and David Pocock have cleared the air.

Izzy, Pocock break bread over opposing beliefs

ISRAEL Folau revealed his bond with David Pocock was as strong as ever after a respectful conversation between two Wallabies with divergent views on gay marriage.

Folau revealed Pocock had initiated a discussion with the fullback about certain Christian beliefs which have polarised parts of society and drawn flak from several Kiwi players.

The chat occurred at a gathering of Wallabies' hopefuls at Sanctuary Cove earlier in the season.

"Poey came up to me and we started an open conversation about our different beliefs," Folau said on Sunday.

"We're both grown men and we talked about things.

"Like I said, it was nothing personal and we respect each other fully.

"There's a whole lot of respect in our team and I like that.

"I think it was great we were open to each other and we both understand everyone is entitled to their own opinions.

"It won't change anything when we step out onto the field ... I'll be there to cover him and so will he (for me).

"We're 100 per cent behind each other."

Folau and Pocock clash on the pitch - but not off it. Picture: Kym Smith
Folau and Pocock clash on the pitch - but not off it. Picture: Kym Smith

Flanker Pocock was a long-time supporter of gay marriage before it was passed into law while Folau tweeted respect for everyone's opinions on the issue but a "no" vote.

Including gays going to "hell" along with drunks, thieves and swindlers, in his belief of Biblical scriptures, stirred an immense backlash for Folau.

He has been in superb form at the same time so is there any problem compartmentalising his off-field life and footy with a first Test against Ireland on Saturday at Suncorp Stadium?

"Not at all," Folau said.

"For me, all that stuff off the field is who I am and doesn't shake me as a person.

"(In my faith) is where my identity lies as a person and it helps me when I go out on the field each day."

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