Leinster rugby scrum-half Nick McCarthy has come out as gay and said the experience so far has been “really positive”.
The 27-year-old said he had previously contemplated walking away from rugby because he did not think he could come out while playing.
“I just didn’t think I could come out while playing rugby,” he told the Leinster Rugby website in an interview.
“But, I spoke to [fellow players] Leo Cullen and Stuart Lancaster last November and the support that I got from them straight away was unbelievable. They helped and guided me over the months that followed so that I felt more comfortable to come out to the group.”
Last year he began to come out to his friends – all of whom have been “very supportive”.
“My friends have been unbelievable in helping me to accept that I am gay and to help me embrace that part of my life now,” he continued.
“I’m lucky to have grown up in a loving environment. My parents, my
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