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Rugby players that are gay

Being homosexual in professional sports is often seen as a deficit. It’s obviously not something that hampers a players skills but it can be something that gets in the way as their achievements are framed by their sexuality. In a masculine and very physical sport like Rugby coming out is far harder than in other sports but these men and women have done so.

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The list is a short one so it’s odd that it should include an American player, particularly when the sport’s hardly back page news in the States. Mark Bingham played for rugby union team San Francisco Fog RFC. Tragically Bingham was a passenger on board flight 93 during the September 11 attacks so he never got to progress his Rugby career.

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Keegan Hirst from West Yorkshire was the first pro Rugby League player to come out. The prop forward and team captain of the Batley Bulldogs came out during the 2015 season.

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Keegan Hirst from West Yorkshire was the first pro Rugby League player to come out. The prop forward and team captain of the Batley Bulldogs came out during the 2015 season.

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Nigel Owens is a Rugby umpire rather than a player but that didn’t make his decision to come out any easier. He publicly came out as gay in an interview with Wales on Sunday in 2007. Afterwards he confessed that he’d considered suicide because he didn’t want to jeopardise his career but didn’t want to live a lie.

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Gareth Thomas remains a record holder for Wales. He represented his nation in both Rugby League and Rugby Union. He made over 100 test match appearances which made him the most capped player for The Dragons until Stephen Jones eclipsed it in September 2011. He’s the second highest try scorer for Wales and he was capped for his country on 4 occasions in Rugby League. He came out in December 2009.

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Louisa Wall represented New Zealand in the Black Ferns women's rugby team. She went onto a successful career in politics. Between those two events she came out.

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Louisa Wall represented New Zealand in the Black Ferns women's rugby team. She went onto a successful career in politics. Between those two events she came out.

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Australian Ian Roberts played Rugby League in the 1980s and 1990s. He club rugby with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Wigan Warriors, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and North Queensland Cowboys. In 1995 he came out.

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In other sports players like Billie Jean King and Justin Fashanu were among the first in their field to come out. Being openly gay in a working class sport like football must have been almost impossible for Fashanu.

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Billie Jean King was the first female athlete to come out of the closet. A law suit with former lover Marilyn Barnett forced the public revelation.

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Billie Jean King was the first female athlete to come out of the closet. A law suit with former lover Marilyn Barnett forced the public revelation.

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