Gareth Thomas Retires from Rugby


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.”

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