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Australian Rugby Player Casually Grabs Opposing Player's 'Big Willie' On-Field: VIDEO


As rugby players Willie Mason and Korbin Sims discovered during Sunday's match-up, there's more than one way to get your head in the game. reports:

Sims was caught on camera grabbing at Mason’s crotch as the Sea Eagles front rower prepared to play the ball during the second half of Manly’s 30-10 NRL win over Newcastle at Brookvale Oval on Sunday.

Video and images of the incident quickly went viral on social media.

Mason did not react to the grope on the field and after the game laughed it off, saying he hoped no punishment would come to Sims as a result of it.

“Offended? Please. I think it’s hilarious,” Mason said.

He added, "It's just two good teammates from the last three years having a good old ... just having a good reacquaintance.”

See the happy reunion in action, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Mickey Rourke Film Will No Longer Tell the Story of Gay Welsh Rugby Icon Gareth Thomas


The long-in-the-works film spearheaded by actor Mickey Rourke which planned to tell the story of Welsh rugby icon Gareth Thomas, who came out of the closet in 2009, has been changed for fears the U.S. film market "won't get Wales," IGN reports:

Sources close to production, however, claim the film will now be set in Ireland, and Rourke will play a character named Mick ‘The Blade’ Collins. Furthermore, the movie will now be called Irish Thunder.

The Sun's source added: “Gareth was upset about being cut out, but hopes the story raises awareness of how hard it is for gay sportsman to come out. Nobody in America really understands rugby and there are fears they wouldn’t know much about Wales either."

A play about Thomas recently opened at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff, Wales.

Australian Rugby Player Fined $25,000, Apologizes for Hurling Anti-gay Slurs at Opposing Team: VIDEO


Jacques Potgieter, a rugby player for the New South Wales Waratahs, has been fined $25,000 for using homophobic slurs during a recent game.

The Sydney Morning Herald notes the slur was "understood to be 'faggot'".

The Herald reports:

The South African back-rower, in his second year at NSW, was the subject of allegations by Brumbies flanker David Pocock to referee Craig Joubert in the second half that homophobic slurs were used by a Waratahs forward during their 23-18 win.

Potgieter expressed remorse over the incident, and apologised for any harm caused by his remarks. "I'm very sorry for any offence caused by what I said on the field during a heated encounter," Potgieter said. "It was an offhand remark made without thought for the hurt it could cause to those around me." [...]

His penalty relates to a breach of the ARU code of conduct, which prohibits homophobic or racist comments. "We take the issue of homophobia in sport seriously and want to provide a positive environment for everyone involved in Rugby," ARU chief executive Bill Pulver said. "Comments of this nature cannot be tolerated. Our Inclusion Policy reinforces Australian Rugby's commitment to ensure every individual, whether they're players, supporters, coaches or administrators, feel safe, welcome and included regardless of race, gender or sexuality.

 "I'd like to stress again that there is absolutely no place for homophobia or any form of discrimination in our game and our actions and words on and off the field must reflect that."

Watch a 9 News report on the story, AFTER THE JUMP...

Potgieter also issued an apology on Instagram, writing:

To all the rugby community, fans and public.
I sincerely apologise for the hurtful words spoken during the Brumbies encounter.
In the heat of the moment I regrettably uttered a word, with no intent to discriminate. I respect everyone from all walks of life and would never intentionally hurt or judge anyone, it's not in my character.
I apologise for my actions and understand the seriousness of this matter.

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Watch Gay Rugby Star Gareth Thomas React to the 'Coming Out' Scene in New Play About His Life and Career - VIDEO


A new play about the life of out Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas opened yesterday at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff, Wales, reports the BBC.

Produced by the National Theatre Wales, Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage tells the story of the former team captain who won 100 caps for Wales before coming out as gay.

From the National Theatre Wales website:

Play“I was doing something nobody had done before, and if you’re the first to do something, you have to be prepared to take the sh*t for it.”

On the eve of one of the most important games of his career, Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas received a warning: The Sun newspaper was going to "out" him as gay.

This is the story of two Welsh names bruised, but not beaten, by media speculation; Gareth “Alfie” Thomas, 100 caps for Wales, once its captain, now the world’s most prominent gay sportsman; and his hometown, Bridgend.

Working with Alfie himself, and young people in Bridgend, two of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies - National Theatre Wales and Out of Joint - have teamed up to tell a great Welsh story about sport, politics, secrets, life and learning to be yourself.

Thomas told the BBC that the play is “an honest and emotional portrayal.”

Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage runs at the Sherman Theatre until March 7th before touring in Aberystwyth, Bethesda, Aberdare and Bridgend.

Watch Thomas sit through a scene in which he tells his wife he is gay, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Openly Gay Australian Athlete Simon Dunn Will Turn You Into a Bobsled Fan in No Time: PHOTOS


Australian Bobsledder Simon Dunn recently announced he's gay and is the first person in the sport to come out reports Same Same.

Currently Dunn's role on the Aussie team is brakemen for fellow teammate Lucas Mata who was the brakemen for Heathe Spence at the Sochi Olympics. Dunn also plays rugby for the Sydney Convicts, and says it was an easy crossover sport into bobsledding as training for both of them require similar exercises.

Dunn2Said Dunn:

"I was approached by a member of the Australian team through my rugby club in Calgary. Rugby is an easy crossover sport to bobsleigh, as the training is similar and the main idea is to run hard and fast.

"My years playing rugby for the Sydney Convicts in Sydney definitely helped my conditioning to be ready for the sport."

Dunn competed in the North America Cup in Utah this month, competing against other teams from around the world; many of them past olympians. Dunn is competing in upcoming competitions in Calgary, Lake Placid and Park City.

Dunn is also quite active on Instagram, posting some sexy shots of him playing rugby, showing off his guns and numerous shirtless pictures. Need further convincing on whether to follow him or not? He's also single, posts pictures of himself with puppies and is apparently great with children. Maybe it's the season, but it looks like winter athletes really know how to turn up the heat


Two more shots, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Rugby Star Gareth Thomas Tells His Powerful Coming Out Story on 'Jonathan Ross': VIDEO


Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas was greeted with cheers on The Jonathan Ross Show in the UK last night in conjunction with his new autobiography, Proud.

Thomas talked about how he lived a lie for so long and how damaging it is to a person and those around them. He also spoke about how he couldn't have come out and continued to play rugby at a young age because of the abuse he would have had to endure, and how that continues in sport, particularly football.

Said Thomas:

"I didn't come out because I wanted to be the first person to do it. I came out because I came to the crossroads of living or dying, and that's why I decided to come out. Because I wanted to live. I get stopped, even today, constantly on the street by people I have never met in my entire life, and they'll say to me, 'I Just want to thank you for helping my brother, mother, father, sister, auntie, uncle, because you gave them the strength to be who they want to be...I have won every trophy that I can ever dream of winning but when you affect somebody’s life, in a way that this person is going to have a life that they never thought they could have because of me, stupid old me, because of that they could do that, it’s amazing."

Thomas also talked about the difficulty of telling his former wife Gemma that he's gay.

Watch his powerful interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

As we reported recently, Thomas is the subject of a stage play that is in development, and an upcoming film starring Mickey Rourke.

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