Openly gay Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas is retiring from the game.

Thomas made the announcement on his official Facebook page today.

“We can confirm that Gareth Thomas is officially retiring from both international and club rugby with immediate effect,” Emanuele Palladino from Thomas’ management company, Distinct, said.

“This marks the end of what has been a remarkable career for a remarkable person. Gareth hopes that through his achievements both on and off the field he has left a lasting legacy within the game.”

Thomas shocked the sporting world in 2009 when he came out publicly. One of the most well-respected fullbacks in the game, he had previously been married to a woman

“I have listened and discussed this decision with many of my family and close friends. My mind has told me that the time to retire is now,” Thomas said today.

“This is a sad day, but I know that my time has come to an end as a player. My passion for the amazing game will never end or leave me however.”

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