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Two rugby names on latest Pink List
ESPN Staff
October 15, 2013

Given the nature of the game, it's probably surprising that two rugby names have made it onto the Independent on Sunday's 101 Pink List, the "101 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people that make a difference".

In 26th spot is former Wales international Gareth Thomas. " In a climate where there are no openly gay British professional footballers, Thomas' status as both sporting legend and proud gay man is as vital as ever," the paper said.

An squeezing in at No. 100 is referee Nigel Owens. "After refereeing the 2007 and 2011 World Cups, Owens made headlines in 2012 when he admonished Treviso's Tobias Botes with the words "This is not soccer!", a phrase that was printed on T-shirts. He is also a TV presenter, comic and president of the Wales Federation of Young Farmers Clubs."

One other rugby-related inclusion is fashion designer JW Anderson, the son of former Ireland lock Willie Anderson.

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