AUSSIE RUGBY PLAYERS TACKLE HOMOPHOBIA

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Players in the Australian Wallabies rugby team have shown their support for the fight against homophobia by joining the This is Oz campaign, an online photo project meant to raise awareness about homophobia and anti-gay discrimination.

The Wallabies – the country’s national team – joined the campaign after consulting with the Sydney Convicts, a predominantly gay rugby team.

“We’re very pleased that the Wallabies and the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has been so responsive and willing to support us and come on board with This Is Oz,” said Convicts founder Andrew Purchas.

“Having these kind of high level professional sportsmen giving their support goes a long way to breaking down barriers and countering the stereotypes and supporting diversity and acceptance … Kids really look up to these guys and follow their lead, so it really does a lot of good.”

This is said to only be the second time that a national rugby body has supported such a campaign, with the UK’s United Rugby Football League being the first to do so last year.

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