Rugby Star Toby Rudolf: “I’ve Kissed Many Gay Men, Straight Women, & Gay Women”

Toby Rudolf (via Instagram)

Cronulla Sharks forward Toby Rudolf spoke to the Sydney Morning Herald about the decision of seven Manly Sea Eagle rugby players to boycott a game this week after refusing to wear rainbow-themed Pride jerseys for the event.

Rudolf, known for his big hair and bigger personality, shared that while he identifies as heterosexual, he believes “love is love, and I love to share it with everyone.” Continue reading “Rugby Star Toby Rudolf: “I’ve Kissed Many Gay Men, Straight Women, & Gay Women””

‘Manly’ Rugby Players Not So Manly + More News

(image via Manly Sea Eagles rugby)

Some news items you might have missed:

Instinct Magazine: Seven members of the Manly Sea Eagles rugby team in Australia have decided they’d rather sit out their next game – where members were to wear Pride jerseys – based on religious and ‘cultural’ grounds. Their choice will very well cost the team the match.

p.s. News of the 7’s boycott instantly began a buying frenzy for the Pride jerseys and they are now SOLD OUT. Continue reading “‘Manly’ Rugby Players Not So Manly + More News”

Homophobic Sacked Rugby Player Wants Fans To Pay His Legal Bills

Israel Folau, the Australian homophobic rugby player who was canned after several anti-LGBTQ social media posts, is now asking his fans to pony up over $2 million to fund his continuing legal battles.
Israel Folau

Israel Folau, the Australian homophobic rugby player who was canned after several anti-LGBTQ social media posts, is now asking his fans to pony up over $2 million to fund his continuing legal battles.

Folau was pronounced guilty of a code of conduct breach and stripped of his contract last month for an Instagram post that said “hell awaits” gay people.

Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him. _______________ Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these , adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19‭-‬21 KJV _______________ Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 2:38 KJV _______________ And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Acts 17:30 KJV _______________
A post shared by Israel Folau (@izzyfolau) on Apr 10, 2019 at 1:18am PDT

He was told during his code of conduct hearing that if he would remove the Instagram post that said homosexuals were destined for hell he could save his contract and career.

He chose otherwise, and now he wants someone else to foot the bill.

On Thursday, he launched a crowdfunding campaign asking supporters to donate money towards his legal fund as he continues to wrangle with Rugby Australia.

According to TheAustralian.com, Folau owns 8 homes worth over $5 million.

He also apparently owns a $500k Lamborghini. So, it’s rather audacious for him to ask fans to pay his bills.

Australia: Macklemore Rocks The NRL Finals With Pro-LGBT Anthem “Same Love”

Macklemore performs at 2017 NRL grand final

Macklemore performed his pro-LGBT mega-hit “Same Love” at the National Rugby League grand final this weekend.

With Mary Lambert on vocals, Macklemore lifted the place up. It’s heartening to see the vast majority of comments on Twitter are positive.

Macklemore’s message comes at a timely moment for the folks down under. Australia is currently in the middle of a “vote by mail” survey on support for marriage equality. Polls show overwhelming support but we’ve learned to not take anything for granted.

Results of the survey will be released in November.

Released in 2012, “Same Love” returned to the top of iTunes Australia charts thanks to the announcement of Macklemore’s pre-game show. The hip-hop artist has pledged the recent profits will go to pro-marriage equality campaigns in Oz.

Watch the performance below.

By the way, the Melbourne Storm beat the NQ Cowboys 34-6.

Since we’re talking Australian rugby, we’ve got to see some rugby players, right?

New Zealand All Blacks Perform World Cup Winning Haka

I’ve previously written about the tradition of New Zealanders performing a “Haka” before athletic events.

A Haka is a traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge of the Māori people of New Zealand which the New Zealand national rugby union team, the All Blacks, and a number of other New Zealand national teams perform before their international matches.

Done well, a Haka is dramatic and powerful. And really kinda sexy. No one does this better than the New Zealand All Blacks.

Before the World Cup Finals yesterday, which saw the All Blacks triumphant over the Wallabies of Australia, the All Blacks chose to set the tone with a ‘Kapa O Panga’ Haka.

After the match, and securing the first back-to-back World Cups, the men of the All Blacks came back a traditional ‘Ka Mate’ Haka dedicated to their fans and to six departing team mates, facing their newly won trophy.

For more of my coverage of this sexy war cry, click here and here.

England’s First Out Pro Rugby Player Keegan Hirst Talks To BBC2

The captain of Rugby League Championship side Batley Bulldogs, Keegan Hirst, talks with BBC2 about why he has decided to announce publicly that he is gay.

Keegan Hirst hopes his decision will encourage other rugby league players to speak openly about their emotions.

“I just thought it was a phase … it was inconceivable for me to be gay… but it was time to be true to myself.”

Gareth Thomas back on the field as coach at Gay Rugby Tournament

Retired rugby star Gareth Thomas at Berlin’s “Bash About”

Retired rugby star Gareth Thomas was back on the field this past weekend as a guest coach for the Bash About tournament in Berlin.

Thomas was one of the first high-profile athletes to reveal he was gay when he came out in 2009.

From OUT:

As guest coach, Gareth trained with some of the 150 players from 20 different gay teams as part of an initiative to promote Sportsmen against Stigma. The goal is to push back on stigmas associated with and exclusion of HIV positive athletes.

“It can be a lonely existence as a gay guy or woman and rugby is a way of integrating people into a team environment, ultimately giving them friends and a social life,” Thomas told AFP. “When I heard the concept, I just wanted to get involved.”

“It’s not just about what happens on the pitch, it’s about the socialising after and making life-long friendships,” he continued. “That’s the whole package of rugby.”

More at OUT

Naked rugby in New Zealand

Did someone say “naked rugby?”

New Zealanders apparently love their nude, co-ed rugby games.  From News 3:

The Nude Blacks beat an Invitational ‘Aussie’ side
five tries to four today at Alhambra Union ground in front of a
sweltering crowd of 2,500.

But I have to call foul because it’s not really fair that the women get to keep their clothes on.

Can’t embed the video, so hit this link to catch the semi-naked match.