Tag Archive | rugby

Rugby: St George Illawarra explores signing Folau

Rugby: St George Illawarra explores signing Folau

(Reuters) – Australian National Rugby League (NRL) side, St George Illawarra Dragons, are seeking permission from the league to sign controversial former Wallabies fullback, Israel Folau, the team said on Tuesday. Folau, who has triggered outrage with inflammatory social media posts in the past, is contracted to French side, Catalans Dragons, in the Super League, […]

Cork Rugby: CORK HELLHOUNDS RFC Launch Website

Cork Rugby: CORK HELLHOUNDS RFC Launch Website

This week, Cork’s newest LGBT inclusive rugby club, Cork Hellhounds RFC, launched their new website, where you can keep up to date with upcoming training sessions, fixtures, and news updates. They are still welcoming new members, regardless of previous Rugby experience, and will meet regularly on Zoom to introduce new players to the rules of rugby, […]

Rugby: Ex-Wallabies Palmer humbled by support after coming out as gay

Rugby: Ex-Wallabies Palmer humbled by support after coming out as gay

(Reuters) – One-test Australia prop Dan Palmer said he was humbled by the support he had received after becoming the first Wallabies player to come out as gay. Palmer, in a column for the Sydney Morning Herald last month, wrote of mental health issues and drug problems while coming to terms with his sexuality, triggering […]

Australia: Rugby star Palmer comes out as gay

Australia: Rugby star Palmer comes out as gay

(Reuters) – One-test Australia prop, Dan Palmer, has become the first Wallabies’ player to come out as gay, writing in a newspaper column on Friday of mental health issues, and drug problems, while coming to terms with his sexuality. The 32-year-old wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald of the anguish of “living the dream” as […]

Cork Kicks Off New LGBT-Inclusive Rugby Team

Cork Kicks Off New LGBT-Inclusive Rugby Team

The Cork Hellhounds Rugby Club was founded this month in association with the Gay Project, and training has begun already with a mixture of new and experienced players.

Australia: RA Johnson criticises Folau’s anti-gay remarks

Australia: RA Johnson criticises Folau’s anti-gay remarks

(Reuters) – Wallabies’ Director of Rugby, Scott Johnson, has backed the hard-line stance taken by Rugby Australia (RA) over Israel Folau’s controversial social media posts and called for the sport to embrace inclusiveness. Folau, a fundamentalist Christian, faces having his Wallabies contract torn up, after posting comments that gay people were destined for “hell” if […]

Rugby teams don rainbow laces to support hate-crime victim Gareth Thomas

Rugby teams don rainbow laces to support hate-crime victim Gareth Thomas

International rugby players, including New Zealand’s World Cup-winning All Blacks, have taken to the field wearing rainbow laces in a show of support for former Wales captain, Gareth Thomas, who was recently victim of a homophobic attack. Stadiums across Britain were awash with rainbow flags on Saturday, as fans also rallied behind Thomas during rights […]

IGR Congratulates Rugby Community for Uniting Against Discrimination and Hate-Crime

IGR Congratulates Rugby Community for Uniting Against Discrimination and Hate-Crime

International Gay Rugby (IGR) the umbrella organisation for the world’s gay and inclusive rugby clubs, with 76 member clubs around the world, has applauded all unions, its member clubs, and World Rugby, for standing together and standing united, against discrimination and hate-crime. This comes after a week-long campaign by IGR, to urge all national teams […]

Gay British former rugby star opts for apology after homophobic attack

Gay British former rugby star opts for apology after homophobic attack

A gay British former international rugby star said on Sunday he had chosen to ask for an apology rather than criminal charges after being attacked for being gay, in a bid to send out a “positive message”. Gareth Thomas, former Wales rugby captain, posted a video on social media, sporting cuts and bruises to his face, […]

New Mr Bear Ireland 2015 Revealed!

New Mr Bear Ireland 2015 Revealed!

Dublin Bears are delighted to present Mr Bear Ireland 2015, Michael John Standen.  Originally from The Wirral, near Liverpool, Mike humbly describes himself as “a blow-in” who has made his home in Dublin, “with the help of an open and friendly community”.