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Wednesday May 12, 2021

Rugby fields will get a unique look in France as part of anti-Homophobia campaign

France’s National Rugby League (LNR) have launched a unique anti-homophobia campaign for the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia. 

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The campaign is being continued by the Top 14 and PRO D2 after it was first started in May 2020.

This weekend the lines of pitches in flagship matches will be painted rainbow colours, as well as there being a large rainbow in the middle of the pitch.

The matches concerned:

Top 14
Union Bordeaux-Bègles vs Castres Olympique
ASM Clermont-Auvergne vs Rugby Club Toulonnais

PRO D2
US Montalbanaise vs FC Grenoble Rugby

It is to mark the International Anti-Homophobia day on the 17th and comes after a survey was conducted that found that 75% of rugby players found it difficult to approach the subject of homosexuality and 85% thought it was hard to be a gay rugby player.

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The goal is to raise awareness of LGBT phobias in sport and society and marks the start of 30 awareness-raising workshops in clubs from the start of the September 2021 school year.

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