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September 17, 2014

Vine video appeared to show him calling other player a 'fucking poof'

England international rugby player Zak Hardaker will not be charged over an alleged homophobic remark made at a recent Super League match.

The 22-year-old Leeds fallback got in trouble earlier this year after calling a player a 'fucking fag' during a game, forcing him to be suspended for five games.

When he was accused of calling another player a 'fucking poof' last month, after a Vine video surfaced on social media, it was suggested he could have faced even worse consequences.

September 2, 2014

Retired rugby star planned to commit suicide because 'I hated myself for what I had inflicted on her'

Retired gay rugby star Gareth Thomas recalls in a new book how he planned to kill himself when his wife of five years left him.

Thomas confessed to then wife Jemma in 2006 that he is gay. She eventually left him and when she did, he recalls in his new memoir, Proud, how he planned to drown himself in their swimming pool.

He was going to do so dressed in his best Welsh Rugby Union issued suit.

'A form of madness gripped me that first night after Jemma left,' he writes.

September 1, 2014

Australia’s Sydney Convicts gay rugby club has dominated the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby, winning the Bingham Cup after defeating the Brisbane Hustlers 31-0

The Sydney Convicts have dominated the competition at the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby, with the club’s A team winning the competition in a match against the Brisbane Hustlers with a score of 31 to 0, it’s B team reaching the semi-finals and its C team winning the Bingham Shield.

It was a stunning reversal for the Brisbane Hustlers considering that earlier this year they had beat the Convicts to win the Australian national cup of gay rugby the Purchas Cup.

July 7, 2014

Australia’s Sydney Convicts won their first match in a professional event against a side from Macquarie University on Sunday as Sydney prepares to host the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby

The Sydney Convicts gay rugby club beat Macquarie University 30 to 12 in a curtain raiser game before the New South Wales Waratah’s state Rugby Union game against the New Zealand Highlanders on Sunday at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium.

The match was the first time anywhere in the world that a gay rugby club participated in a professional level rugby event, and was held as part of Sydney’s preparations to host the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby from 24 to 31 August with matches between 15 different countries on the 29th, 30th and 31st.

July 5, 2014

Gay rugby club the Sydney Convicts will face off against players from Macquarie University on Sunday at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium before the New South Wales Waratahs and the New Zealand Highlanders face off in the stadium

Australia’s oldest gay rugby union team the Sydney Convicts will make history when they become the first gay rugby team in the world to play as part of a professional match on Sunday as they prepare to host the Bingham Cup world championship of gay rugby.

The Sydney Convicts will play against a team from Macquarie University on Sunday afternoon ahead of the game between Australia’s New South Wales Waratahs and New Zealand’s Highlanders at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.

July 3, 2014

The Sydney Convicts will play in a mainstream rugby competition against Macquarie University at the world famous Allianz Stadium

A team is to make history by becoming the first gay rugby union club to play in a professional match.

The Sydney Convicts will play in a mainstream rugby competition against Macquarie University on Sunday (6 July). Australia’s NSW Waratahs and New Zealand’s Highlanders will also play at Allianz Stadium.

The event is being organized to help end homophobia in sport and across the world.

April 8, 2014

All of Australia’s major sporting codes will pledge tomorrow to eliminate homophobia in sport ahead of Australia hosting the world gay rugby Bingham Cup in August

The heads of the five largest sporting codes in Australia are set to make a historic commitment tomorrow towards wiping out homophobia in sport as they agree to implement anti-homophobia and inclusion policies by the end of August of this year.

The CEOs of the national Australian Football League, Australia Rugby Union, National Rugby League, and the Football Federation of Australia will make the pledge at a press conference tomorrow alongside the executive general manager of Cricket Australia.

December 1, 2013

The Australian Rugby Union football code will display the global gay rugby Bingham Cup in its trophy case alongside other international trophies held by Australia – becoming the first Australian sporting code to do so

The global gay rugby Bingham Cup trophy, currently held by Australia’s Sydney Convicts team, will be displayed alongside other international rugby cups held by Australia in an Australian first.

The news was made public by Sydney Morning Herald columnist Peter FitzSimons yesterday.

February 1, 2013

A poll of professional soccer players in the UK has found three in five believe an openly gay footballer would not be outcast

Most pro football players would welcome a gay teammate and some say the first soccer star to come out would make a fortune.

A poll of professional soccer players in the UK has found 62% believe an openly gay footballer would not be outcast.

Commissioned by sporting mag FourFourTwo, they asked 100 professional players across the leagues anonymously about issues in football such as racism, drugs, and depression.

January 7, 2013

New Zealand TV presenter denies Sunday newspaper report that he is calling for national rugby players to come out

New Zealand gay former TV presenter Steve Gray has denied reports that he is calling for a member of the national rugby team, the All Blacks, to come out.

The Sunday Star-Times reported that Gray, along with other gay rights advocates, was calling for an All Blacks player to come out and said there have been several gay All Blacks over the years.

December 28, 2012

Gareth Thomas wants to do 'something that's never been done before' on this year's series of Dancing on Ice in the UK

Welsh gay rugby star Gareth Thomas will be slipping on his sequins for Britain's reality show Dancing on Ice.

Some of the contestants joining the rugby player will be Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, actress Samia Ghadie and X Factor winner Shane Ward.

Thomas has recently spoken out about a report which states gay students find it difficult to get into sport at university.

The 38-year-old said: 'Attitudes have changed and the time is right for sport to start accepting openly gay people in the same way other areas of society have in recent years.'

October 31, 2012

According to reports, the former Celebrity Big Brother contestant will take to the ice floor in 2013

Gareth Thomas has reportedly been signed for Dancing On Ice.

The Welsh gay rugby star and Celebrity Big Brother contestant is said to slipping on his sequins for the British ice-dancing competition.

Comedian and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here winner Joe Pasquale and soap actors Matt Lapinskas and Samia Ghadie are also said to be taking to the ice floor, as reported by The Sun.

London Olympians Beth Tweddle, who won bronze on the uneven bars, and Luke Campbell, won gold in the boxing, will also join the latest series.

September 11, 2012

Julia Gillard supports Sydney Convicts' bid for Australia to host the Bingham Cup in 2014

Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she is backing a bid for the country to hold a gay rugby world cup contest.

The Sydney Convicts, a rugby club whose members are mostly gay men, will this week submit their bid to host the Bingham Cup in 2014.

'Australia is a sports-loving nation which also has an abiding commitment to diversity and mutual respect,' said Gillard, who has been criticized for her refusal to back gay marriage proposals.

September 6, 2012

Former Welsh rugby international Gareth Thomas talks about wanting to drown or fall off a cliff before coming out as gay

Openly gay former Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas says that being closeted made him so depressed he wanted to fall off a cliff.

The ex rugby union international star was speaking at an event in London for Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), the global professional services firm, and their clients and contacts yesterday evening (5 September).

It was organized by GLEE, PwC’s ‘gay, lesbian and everyone else’ networking group.

August 9, 2012

Leeds Rhinos team up with UK-based gay rights charity Stonewall to support equality

British world champion rugby club Leeds Rhinos will show its support for gay equality by dedicating a match to rights group Stonewall.

The rugby league team, who won this year's World Club Challenge, will wear Stonewall’s logo on their kit during their game against the Widnes Vikings on 10 August.

May 31, 2012

Ben Cohen and Gareth Thomas back the 39 clubs from 15 countries competing for the gay rugby Bingham Cup

The New York Gotham Knights are preparing to defend their gay rugby world title this weekend as Manchester hosts the Bingham Cup.

In total 39 clubs from 15 countries will be represented at the tournament in Manchester, north west England which is being supported by the country’s Rugby Football Union.

The gay capital of the north is preparing to host over 1,500 players and spectators from Amsterdam, Dublin, Ottawa, Stockholm, Sydney and beyond.

April 18, 2012

'You hear all those horrible stories about high-profile people who had been living these closeted lives. There's no excuse for it anymore'

Wearing a tight-fitting Buzz Lightyear costume on a Los Angeles movie set, Ian Roberts is a long ways away from his days as a professional rugby player in Australia.

He calmly does take after take of a scene taking place at a Halloween party for the romantic comedy Saltwater where, ironically, it is his love interest (played by the film's writer, Ronnie Kerr) who is dressed as a rugby player.

April 6, 2012

Olympic body challenge: Working out is a team effort as Matthew Jenkin takes on the Kings Cross Steelers

Shoving my face between another man’s buttocks isn’t usually part of my workout regime, but in rugby, happily, it’s a requirement.

As a weedy, asthmatic teenager, my school-day experiences of playing the sport were less titillating and mostly involved shivering in the drizzle, dragged face first through the mud or being crushed beneath a heap of burly adolescents with below par personal hygiene habits.

March 16, 2012

 ‘Jesus was on the side of the marginalised’ says Wallabies’ captain David Pocock

The Christian captain of Australia's national rugby union club has voiced his support for gay marriage.

‘It's my understanding that Jesus was on the side of the marginalised and the oppressed,’ David Pocock said in a statement released by Australian Marriage Equality. ‘And also that God is love. So as a Christian I can't just stand in silence on the issue of marriage equality. My faith necessitates that I advocate for it.’

February 13, 2012

National Rugby League referee Matt Cecchin says he is gay

A New Zealand rugby referee has come out, claiming he has never heard homophobia on the field.

Matt Cecchin is the first National Rugby League official or player to reveal he is gay since retired front-rower Ian Roberts came out 16 years ago.