Gray has since suggested that such is the all-encompassing nature of the rugby culture in New Zealand, it may ‘not be a place a gay man would want to be.’ But what a statement it would be if a leading player from the world’s most famous team would follow the lead of former Wales and Lions star Gareth Thomas and admit they were gay – especially when so many other high profile sports continually fail to tackle the issue and as a result discourage sportsmen to come out.
Common sense suggests that many gay men have played international rugby and are currently doing so now. It is a shame that fear of reprisal, ridicule or even loss of commercial income would prevent them from coming out. They, like Thomas, may find support where they expected isolation. But you fear there is more chance of Wales hosting their World Cup clash with England than an All Black breaking cover.
WHAT A SWEET DREAM INDEED.