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 group Stonewall’s annual Rainbow Laces campaign aimed at stamping out homophobia in sport.
Thomas posted a video on social media last week saying he had suffered cuts and bruises after being attacked in the Welsh capital Cardiff. He said he had opted for “restorative justice” with the 16-year-old boy involved, which meant he could address his attacker rather than press charges.
I wish I could put in words what this means.🌈🌈 https://t.co/1z7yTwVelt
— Gareth Thomas (@gareththomas14) November 23, 2018