On the occasion of the World Day against Homophobia, the National Rugby League announced that rainbow lines would be drawn on the field, during the UBB-Castres and Clermont-Toulon matches. According to a study carried out by the League, 75% of rugby players think it would be difficult to broach the subject of homophobia.
On the occasion of the World Day against Homophobia Monday, May 17, the National Rugby League announced various actions on the lawns of Top 14 this weekend. In particular, a rainbow line will be drawn on the ground, at the level of 75 meters. A number not chosen at random. According to a study carried out by the League, 75% of rugby players think it would be difficult to broach the subject of homophobia. “This rainbow line drawn on the 75-meter line shows the way to go concerning the taboo of homosexuality,” writes the NRL in its press release. Another figure revealed by the study: 87% of rugby players think that it is not easy to be a rugby player and a homosexual.
Three matches concerned
Two matches of the 24th day of Top 14 are concerned: Bordeaux-Bègles – Castres (Saturday, 2:45 p.m.) and Clermont – Toulon (Saturday, 9:05 p.m.). These rainbow lines will also be drawn for the Pro D2 match between Montauban and Grenoble (Friday, 6.30 p.m.).
In addition, the LNR also indicates that this action will be followed by the setting up of 30 awareness-raising workshops in the clubs, starting in September. These workshops will be intended for “the whole professional rugby family: presidents, professional players and the training center, staff”, specifies the NRL.
The Professional Football League for its part announced that the players would wear rainbow flocking on their jerseys, which will then be auctioned for the benefit of associations fighting against homophobia.