Gay rugby player, Gareth Thomas has been named as the favourite to win Celebrity Big brother according to the odds on several online bookmakers.

On entering the house the gay, Welsh national team player vowed that he would “be myself and prove my family proud,” and seems to have done so as he is now favourite to win by some stretch.

William Hill, Ladbrokes and Bet 365 all named 10/11 odds for Thomas to win, whilst the odds on Skybet were 4/5 and Betfair, 101/100.

Thomas, now retired from professional rugby, was not, however, party to the biggest gay controversy in the Big Brother house so far. On the first night, So-Solid Crew member, Romeo Dunn and Pineapple Dance Studios instructor Andrew Stone were shown in an awkward discussion around Stone’s sexuality.

Stone told Dunn: “Look, I’m straight. I’m very straight.”

Romeo initially expressed disbelief, but accepted what Stone said as the discussion went on.

Meanwhile, outside of the house, Lee Steele was sacked by Oxford City football club after posting a comment, which was deemed homophobic, about Thomas on Twitter.

Steele, 38, who now plays for Nantwich Town FC, wrote on Twitter: “I wouldn’t fancy the bed next to Gareth Thomas #padlockeda**ehole”. He later issued an apology for the comment through Nantwich Town FC, and said that it was intended to be “tongue in cheek.”

Michael Madsen is second favourite and Frankie Cocozza is third – according to oddschecker.com, but Thomas is the clear favourite to win.

Thomas also made the news recently, but for reasons other than his appearance on the reality TV show. He bought the drinks company Turbo Drinks with Gareth Williams, a fellow Welsh national rugby player, and his business partner Sean Smith in a £7m takeover deal.

Mickey Rourke, set to play Thomas in a film about his life, has also been training for the role at gay rugby club in Los Angeles.

Thomas will find out is fate at the final of Celebrity Big Brother, which will be shown on Channel 5, on the 27th January at 9pm.