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Gareth Thomas Retires from Rugby

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Gareth Thomas, the Welsh rugby icon who stunned the sporting world when he came out of the closet in December 2009, is retiring from rugby, he announced today.

ThomasSaid Emanuele Palladino a spokesman for Thomas’ management company Distinct:

“We can confirm that Gareth Thomas is officially retiring from both international and club rugby with immediate effect. This marks the end of what has been a remarkable career for a remarkable person. Gareth hopes that through his achievements both on and off the field he has left a lasting legacy within the game.”

Thomas released a statement as well, saying he wasn't sure of his next step, and thanking those around him:

“I have listened and discussed this decision with many of my family and close friends. My mind has told me that the time to retire is now. If you can't give 100 percent to rugby then you can't do it justice. This is a sad day, but I know that my time has come to an end as a player. My passion for the amazing game will never end or leave me however.”

He added: “I do not know what lies ahead, but I feel the challenge of something different excites me more than another year of rugby...I would like to thank everyone I have been involved with in the sport. I could not have achieved it without any of them. I have great memories and great friends that I will keep for the rest of my life. I leave knowing I have done everything in my power to be the best person and player I could have ever been. And finally, I thank my parents for all their support and help throughout my career.”

(top photo andy paradise via gareth thomas facebook)

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  1. Possible new career moves:

    Dancing with the Stars Contestant
    Hollywood Celeb for Reality TV (endless choices)
    Sports News Anchor
    Movie Cameos
    Infomercial Spokesperson
    Rugby Training Camp Owner
    Sports Columnist

    Or he could just chill and do nothing for a few. Which would be my choice.

    Posted by: johnny | Oct 25, 2011 8:03:05 AM


  2. But not retired from our hearts (sigh!).

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 25, 2011 8:16:48 AM


  3. he is sooo yummy. :)

    Posted by: Raul | Oct 25, 2011 9:14:50 AM


  4. Johnny, another option would be "scorchingly hot underwear and swimwear model". Let's all hope for that one.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Oct 25, 2011 9:22:37 AM


  5. If you need a husband, Gareth, I'm available. If not, wishing you the best in your post-rugby career. You are an incredible guy and you deserve everything wonderful that life has to offer.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 25, 2011 9:23:16 AM


  6. could definitely have a new career as a porn star

    Posted by: allan | Oct 25, 2011 10:20:01 AM


  7. The next James Bond!

    Posted by: Glenn I | Oct 25, 2011 1:13:21 PM


  8. Dancing with the Stars Contestant
    Hollywood Celeb for Reality TV (endless choices)
    Sports News Anchor
    Movie Cameos
    Infomercial Spokesperson
    Rugby Training Camp Owner
    Sports Columnist


    I so agree!!!!


    Posted by: J | Oct 25, 2011 5:41:46 PM


  9. On this day I could not be more proud of someone I've never met.

    Posted by: Alfonzo | Oct 25, 2011 6:19:29 PM


  10. He is one fine looking specimen of masculinity

    Posted by: jaragon | Oct 25, 2011 6:40:30 PM


  11. damn watta man.

    Posted by: Danny | Oct 25, 2011 8:23:24 PM


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