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Gareth Thomas is one of the most iconic and respected figures in world rugby.
He was the first Welsh player to reach 100 caps.

On the Field 
Gareth’s career began in a small youth club in Bridgend, and rocketed into the stratosphere. His 1995 hat-trick debut for Wales marked the beginning of an exceptional international career.

He’s done it all, with a staggering list of achievements to his name: 

  • 100 caps for his home country and is listed 10th on the all-time list
  • One of the highest try scorers in the world, and is one of just a number of players to have scored four tries in a match
  • Captain of Wales’ Grand Slam winning team in 2005, and also captained the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand that year
  • In 2005, he was named BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year in recognition of his unique standing
  • In March 2010, he made the brave switch to Rugby League and spent two seasons with the Crusaders in March 2010. His performances were nothing short of remarkable and he earned six Wales Rugby League caps and four tries. 

He announced his retirement from rugby in 2011. 

Off the Field
Gareth’s personal life hit the headlines in December 2009 when he revealed that he was gay. This iconic revelation made him the first high profile sportsman in the world to come out as gay whilst still playing. He never downplays the significance of this achievement, but he hopes to see a day when it is no longer an issue in the game at all. 

In August 2010 Thomas was voted top of the Pink List for the 101 Most Influential Gay People in the UK. He was also voted Stonewall Hero of the Year in 2010.

In 2011 world-famous shoe designer Christian Louboutin launched an 'Alfie' shoe range inspired by Gareth. 

Not adverse to a bit of fun also, in 2012 Gareth famously appeared in Celebrity Big Brother where he finished a credible third, as well as Dancing on Ice in 2015 and he will be appearing on The Jump 2017. Thomas is a regular analyst for ITV Sport and has worked on the 2011 and 2015 Rugby world cups as well as numerous RBS 6 Nations coverage. 

In 2017, Thomas is set to have a film biopic on his life made by Mickey Rourke. Thomas is an experienced speaker on topics such as motivation, diversity and the importance of teamwork and regularly delivers his unique story through a very moving and engaging talk to companies and organisations all over the country.

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