England player won't wear rainbow laces supporting LGBT community because they're uncomfortable

Rainbow laces are worn to raise awareness of LGBT issues in sport CREDIT AFP

Rainbow laces are worn to raise awareness of LGBT issues in sport CREDIT AFP

"We are delighted to confirm that Welsh rugby is once again proudly endorsing Stonewall Cymru's Rainbow Laces initiative throughout its two-week 2018 awareness campaign, whilst continuing to permanently support its values on a year round basis", said a WRU spokesperson.

Wales' men's team will wear the laces against South Africa, while the women's team will wear them in their match against Canada and the French will make a similar gesture for their Test match against Fiji in Paris.

Underhill explained: "I won't be wearing them personally".

Asked whether the Wallabies will don the rainbow laces this weekend, Cheika said it would be down to each player to decide if they wanted to do that or indeed for anyone wanting to wear their beliefs on their sleeves, or their shows.

"That's something we are all very, very keen that people know". It's a fantastic cause to support.

"I think some of the players might have done that before - I think Matt To'omua's done that before, I've definitely seen". Changes in things such as your laces, it sounds stupid, can make a big difference to a player.

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Less than a week after Thomas was the victim of a heinous, homophobic attack in his home city of Cardiff, New Zealand's players have pledged to join Wales and France in wearing rainbow laces on their boots for this weekend's clash with Italy. You like to keep your routine the same.

"So I won't but it is an incredibly worthy cause, an incredibly important cause, and it is something I am very glad is coming to the fore in terms of support".

Former Welsh rugby worldwide Gareth Thomas spoke out on social media after being involved in a homophobic attack by a teenager in Cardiff.

Friday's co-captains heard England scrum coach Neal Hatley stress that whilst the team were "unbelievably supportive" to the cause, whether the laces were used or not would be down to the individual player. Te'o said: "I haven't got the laces".

Te'o, 31, said: "I haven't got the laces at the moment".

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