18th February 2014
Rugby star apologises for ‘faggot’ joke 25
6:40 PM — Welsh rugby union player Tom Isaacs has apologised after saying a rugby analyst looked “like a faggot”.
17th February 2014
Former rugby player apologises ‘profusely’ for saying gays have ‘very little interest’ in sport 19
7:43 PM — An Irish rugby player who caused controversy by saying that gay people had "very little interest" in sport has apologised.
Former rugby player: Gays have ‘very little’ interest in sport, just like I’m not interested in ballet 23
5:12 PM — A former international Irish rugby player has caused controversy by claiming that gay people have "very little" interest in sport.
3rd December 2013
Rugby star Gareth Thomas says Tom Daley’s announcement ‘will change lives’ 5
2:15 PM — Former rugby player Gareth Thomas has congratulated Tom Daley for having the courage to speak openly about being in a same-sex relationship.
15th October 2013
Rugby star Gareth Thomas announces book deal
3:20 PM — Former rugby player Gareth Thomas has announced a deal to write his memoirs with the publisher Ebury Press.
18th September 2013
Rugby star Gareth Thomas backs rainbow laces anti-homophobia in football campaign 1
5:16 PM — Former rugby player Gareth Thomas is supporting a new campaign against homophobia in football, which encourages professional footballers to wear rainbow laces on their boots.
17th September 2013
Joey Barton: ‘The bureaucrats in football aren’t taking homophobia seriously’ 8
11:39 AM — QPR midfielder Joey Barton says the “bureaucrats” in football have been guilty of not taking a tough enough stance against homophobia.
11th September 2013
Rugby star Stuart Reardon: Anti-gay laws in Russia ‘disgusting’ but I don’t support a boycott of Sochi 53
3:49 PM — Professional rugby league player and model Stuart Reardon has spoken out against anti-gay laws in Russia, but says that he does not support a boycott of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, because he thinks athletes should not be punished.
17th June 2013
New Zealand: Rugby star apologises after tweeting the word ‘fag’ 21
1:30 AM — An All Blacks rugby star in New Zealand has quickly apologised after tweeting that a fellow player was a "fag", following his team's victory on Saturday over France.
12th June 2013
New Zealand: Female rugby fan abused by three men for asking homophobic chants to stop 17
6:19 PM — A female rugby fan in New Zealand has said she was verbally abused, and tapped on the head, after asking other fans at a rugby match to stop using the words "homos" and "faggots".
1st April 2013
Rugby star Ben Cohen: Elton John made me get a hearing aid and ‘changed my life’ 13
7:02 PM — Former England rugby player Ben Cohen has said that Elton John "changed his life" by convincing him to get a hearing aid, and said that Sir Elton does more charity work than people realise.
3rd March 2013
Student Pride debate featuring Ben Cohen and John Amaechi speaks out against homophobia in sport 5
4:59 PM — The panel on a debate at National Student Pride yesterday emphasised the importance of tackling homophobia and transphobia in sport, said they had seen some change, but that much more action needed to be taken.
27th February 2013
Rugby star Ben Cohen: ‘I think there is a bit of a witch hunt to find a gay footballer’ 9
3:41 PM — Rugby star Ben Cohen has exclusively told PinkNews.co.uk that he believes the continuous media debate surrounding the absence of an openly gay professional footballer in the UK can amount to a "witch hunt".
26th February 2013
Rugby star Ben Cohen tells MPs that more needs to be done to combat homophobia in sport 9
7:20 PM — Rugby star Ben Cohen has told MPs at a parliamentary event that sport has a huge role to play in reducing anti-gay bullying.
John Bercow wrongly outs rugby star Ben Cohen in gay gaffe 22
4:05 PM — The Speaker of the House of Commons was left red-faced after accidently referring to rugby star Ben Cohen as “openly gay” – even though the former player has a wife and is straight.
Sports minister Hugh Robertson: I’m ‘appalled’ that sports stars can’t come out until after they retire 10
9:38 AM — The Minister for Sport, Hugh Robertson, has spoken out on the importance of supporting athletes in coming out, and changing the sporting world in order to be more inclusive of LGBT people.
17th January 2013
Gareth Thomas: I previously took part in anti-gay jokes and prayed rugby could turn me straight 62
4:15 PM — Former Wales rugby star Gareth Thomas has revealed that he once took part in homophobic jokes with teammates in a bid to hide his sexuality
7th January 2013
New Zealand TV presenter: I haven’t urged for a gay rugby player to come out 2
3:53 PM — A gay sports presenter in New Zealand has denied calling for a gay All Blacks rugby player to openly declare his sexuality.
18th December 2012
Gareth Thomas joins ITV’s Dancing on Ice 16
11:11 AM — Former rugby player Gareth Thomas will be in the rink for the new series of Dancing on Ice.
6th December 2012
Football needs a gay ‘champion’ says rugby referee Nigel Owens 4
5:15 PM — Rugby referee Nigel Owens is backing a campaign to tackle homophobic attitudes in sport and says football would benefit from having a gay “champion” in the same way Gareth Thomas took up the mantle for rugby.