Richard Thewlis explains decision to wear rainbow laces during Huddersfield’s trip to Catalans

Members of Huddersfield Giants’ travelling contingent to Catalans wore rainbow laces in light of the Dragons’ signing of Israel Folau.

The Giants, who opened their season with an impressive win over the Dragons, contacted Stonewall in light of the news that Folau had signed for the French club.

Managing director Richard Thewlis was among those to make the move as a symbol of his and the club’s disappointment in Catalans’ decision to sign Folau.

“I outlined to the squad the board’s view regarding the Catalans’ decision to sign Israel Folau and our overall extreme disappointment that they had taken this course of action,” Thewlis said.

“We were able to contact Stonewall and obtain rainbow laces ahead of the game which a number of our travelling party including myself and Simon Woolford wore at the match. It did not go unnoticed by the Catalans team, officials and supporters.”

Meanwhile, the Giants are set to be without Jake Wardle for an extended spell after he fractured his eye socket in the match.

Wardle was unable to fly back with his team-mates following the injury and instead forced to travel back with a member of the Giants’ medical team by train.

However, Woolford will be able to call upon Jordan Turner to take his position at centre after serving a one-match suspension.