2 May 2012
Welsh rugby the moral standard-bearers
It is well known that former Wales captain Gareth Thomas has led the charge against homophobia in sport in recent years; being one of the few openly gay professional sportsmen when he came out during his stint in rugby league. He has been rightly applauded for his bravery.
Now it seems that a former team mate of his (pictured on left) and a current star of the welsh rugby team, Adam Jones, will also be taking a stance on an important matter which is close to his heart. Jones will be calling on all men to speak up for womens' rights in a campaign being launched at the Welsh Assembly, it was heard today.
Speaking to the BBC, the Ospreys star, capped 80 times by his country said:
"Violence against women is unacceptable. It's about time that this is seen not just as a women's issue - but something we should all be doing our bit to put an end to. We all need to play a part in changing our communities so that women and girls across Wales are free from fear of violence. I'm proud to be a man who stands up for what's right, and i'm calling on all other men to do the same."
Adam Jones, like his former captain, is a role model and the more players like that we have in rugby union, the better our game will be for it. Well done to him...it appears that the current Welsh contingent are a class act off the pitch as well as on it.