All Blacks, England and Wales show Rainbow Laces support in rugby union
International teams provide visibility across Saturday's fixtures alongside Premiership Rugby clubs
Last Updated: 24/11/18 10:26pm
The rugby world showed its support for the LGBT community on Saturday with a number of activities in support of Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign.
The New Zealand All Blacks had announced on Friday they would wear rainbow laces against Italy, in a show of support for former Wales captain Gareth Thomas, who was the victim of a homophobic assault in Cardiff last weekend.
They were true to their word, and donned the laces in their 66-3 win at the Stadio Olimpico, with France doing the same at the Parc des Princes against Fiji.
Welsh referee Nigel Owens was on duty at Murrayfield for Scotland's 14-3 victory over Argentina and posed for a Rainbow Laces photo with his colleagues before kick-off.
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Very proud to be part of this officiating team today. Wonderfull to have referee Paul Williams and fellow assistant referee Dan Jones wearing #RainbowLaces today for Scot v Arg. It's not about promoting LGBT its about showing people care & that everyone is welcomed in rugby
Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw was among the players to wear laces during the game.
In Cardiff, where Thomas' former team Wales saw off South Africa 20-11, there was even a special rainbow decoration for their traditional matchday goat mascot, Shenkin IV.
England Rugby tweeted their support during the 37-18 win over Australia at Twickenham, where Nathan Hughes was one of the places to sport the laces.
Premiership Rugby and their title partner Gallagher also showed their commitment to the campaign's annual activation with visibility across the English domestic top-flight.
Shirts worn by match officials featured dedicated Rainbow Laces branding, as did the touch judges' flags. There was also custom branding on stadium hoardings at grounds across the country.
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