Angus Ta'avao shows support for LGBTQ community with rainbow laces against Lions

Chiefs prop Angus Ta'avao defied Israel Folau's recent social media controversy, showing that rugby supports the LGBTQ community by donning rainbow laces in his side's defeat to the Lions.

Chiefs prop Angus Ta'avao wore rainbow laces in his side's loss to the Lions Source: Getty

After Wallabies and Waratahs fullback Folau posted on social media that "Hell awaits" several groups - including homosexuals - rugby's reaction to Super Rugby's all-time leading try scorer's actions have been swift, with a number of high profile players condemning his comments.

In response though, three-Test All Black Ta'avao has outlined his support for those chastised by Folau, his boots adorned with rainbow laces a sign of support to the gay community targeted by Folau.

Chiefs prop Angus Ta’avao in action against the Blues. Source: Photosport

Ta'avao isn't the only All Black to show his support, with halfback TJ Perenara taking to Twitter to show his stance on equality.

"You are loved. You are valued. You are enough. You are worthy. You are deserving. I got you," Perenara posted with a rainbow flag emoji.

Folau meanwhile is now awaiting a hearing, with Rugby Australia having terminated his lucrative contract for a "high-level breach" of their code of conducts.