England's James Haskell had no qualms about showing off his body for the cover of the July edition of Attitude, the UK's best-selling gay magazine.
In an interview, Haskell said he would have expected more sportsmen to have come out as gay. Although former British & Irish Lion Gareth Thomas came out in 2009, he is very much in the minority.
"I'm surprised that across all sports more people haven't come out because going by sheer statistics there have to be lots of gay sportsmen, right?" Haskell said. "I hate the idea of people feeling they can't just be themselves and personally I wouldn't give a s**t if any of my team-mates were gay."