Ben Cohen and Will Greenwood surprised amateur footballers joining a campaign against homophobia


The rugby legends shocked and enthralled players of Bristol Bisons and Northampton Outlaws to stand up to homophobia in sport as parts of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign. When the Bisons players arrived at Clifton Rugby Club to play their league match against Northampton, they found Greenwood and Cohen in a changing room waiting to see them. Also included in the package were Rainbow Laces for their boots, as part of Stonewall’s initiative to improve visibility for LGBT+ sportspeople. They have announced that they were going to take part in the match too, with star referee Nigel Owens taking charge. Greenwood praised inclusive teams, saying: “Rugby clubs like Bristol Bisons are so crucial to the local community. We’ve come to the South West to surprise a safe, welcoming, friendly club, where anyone can turn up to play a game and be accepted. They’re able to walk into the clubhouse, share a story with their friends and find themselves at the heart of their local club. Rugby clubs are amazing places to connect with wonderful people, and I think the more welcoming we can make them, the more clubs like Bristol Bisons and Northampton Outlaws that we can help up and down the country, [the more they] will continue to help make rugby such a welcoming, family-friendly sport.”


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