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New Zealand's Yes To Gay Rugby

3 June 2016

Over in New Zealand the country's rugby chief executive, Steve Tew, believes the country is "absolutely" ready for a gay player to represent the All Blacks.

Tew said this in a recent interview after New Zealand's major sporting bodies had gathered to devise a new system to promote diversity across the country's sports.

Referencing "a great level of sexual diversity" in the New Zealand women’s and women's sevens sides, along with referee Nigel Owens taking charge of last year's Rugby World Cup final, Tew added that when the time comes New Zealand would be "absolutely" ready to embrace a gay All Black.

"No one has yet said they're an All Black and gay, one day that will happen and I would hope that New Zealand is more than ready, in fact is welcoming of it" Tew told Newshub.

"Our job is to nurture a team culture and environment where everybody can come in and be the best possible athlete and person they can be."

Former Wales and British and Irish Lions captain Gareth Thomas became the first openly gay professional rugby union player in 2009, while England Sevens player Sam Stanley was the first English player to do so last year.

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