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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”.

Sydney Convicts Praise Australian Rugby for its Quick Action to address Homophobic Slur

Sydney Convicts Praise Australian Rugby for its Quick Action to address Homophobic Slur

Australia’s first gay rugby union team, the Sydney Convicts, are praising the Australian Rugby Union for acting so quickly to investigate and resolve reports of homophobic slurs during a game between the NSW Waratahs and the ACT Brumbies last Sunday. The Convicts believe the fine was high enough to send a strong message to those […]

World Rugby Signs Historic Agreement With International Gay Rugby

World Rugby Signs Historic Agreement With International Gay Rugby

World Rugby and International Gay Rugby (IGR) have signed an historic agreement to collaborate on the continued promotion of equality and inclusivity in rugby.  The agreement, signed at World Rugby House in Dublin this week, outlines a commitment between the two organisations to work together to educate and eliminate homophobia in rugby.