Rugby Is Gay

Coming Out Makes Gay Rugger Jed Hooper The New Gareth Thomas

After Gareth Thomas announced his immediate retirement from rugby, we worried that we’d have to find some other openly gay, Welsh professional rugby player to drool over look up to. Luckily, Old Redcliffians captain Jed Hooper just came out as gay, so crisis averted.

Hooper came out in part to stay with a guy who refused to date closeted men. Young gay rugger comes out to land hot boyfriend—awesome. In his own words, Hooper calls himself, “likeable, merry and aggressive.” We’d like to find out firsthand, if that whole boyfriend thing doesn’t work out.

Image via Old Redcliffians

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  • christopher di spirito

    Dana White, UFC president, says in an interview in ‘The Advocate’ he wishes all the gay UFC fighters would come out. He says he “couldn’t care less” who is gay and he suspects there are many gay male UFC fighters.

  • steve

    The only thing now is for these sports stars to say that it doesn’t affect their game or their relationship with their team mates, like we all knew it wouldn’t. That way more can do the same.

    I love the boyfriend too, refusing to date someone in the closet. Brilliant!!

  • andreusz

    Rugger is a word for the game, not for a player of it.

  • Erich

    @andreusz: You sure about that? I’m dating a rugby player and he says rugger referring to team-mates all the time.

  • GaoGao

    @Erich: You’re correct, but I’ve heard it here in North America used as a term for the players, never to refer to the game.

  • andreusz

    Okay, if that’s the Americzn usage. But it sounds odd to the rest of us.

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  • xander

    LOL, in my home dialect we call a ‘rugger’ a ‘rugbyman’. I’ve dated three (non pros)—one at a time; mind you—and all I can say is add a rugby player to yr ‘bucket list’ if you’re single or end up that way!

    And I do love that bit about him coming out because of his bf. Nice work!

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