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Gareth Thomas

Made of More

For years, Gareth worked hard to ensure he was “a beast” on and off the pitch: brutal tackles; bones broken; ribs cracked. Rugby is known for being a macho sport, and Gareth feared he would be ostracised if his secret double life as a gay man were ever exposed.

He was consumed by feelings of shame and solitude. But in his darkest hour, he turned to his teammates. When he told them the truth about his sexuality, they accepted him without question.

With the support of his team, Gareth made the brave decision to come out publicly, making history as the first openly gay international rugby player.