A number of London Wasps players will this weekend support a campaign addressing homophobia, by wearing rainbow laces in their rugby boots.
The Stonewall backed initiative has already been supported by a raft of professional footballers across the country, and this weekend Wasps, who were the first professional rugby club to sign a Government Charter to challenge homophobic discrimination in 2011, will do their bit when they face Worcester in the Aviva Premiership.
"I believe rugby is already an incredibly welcoming sport to fans, players and officials of all backgrounds, but we're very happy to support this campaign. There is no room for prejudice of any kind, anywhere in sport, and the more we can do to get people engaged in this debate the better," explained England and Wasps lock Tom Palmer.
Jan Gooding, Aviva Group Brand Director added: "We're delighted that London Wasps' players are joining this great initiative by sporting their rainbow laces for their game against Worcester Warriors. Aviva is an equal opportunities organisation and a supporter of Stonewall in championing diversity as we believe people perform better when they can be themselves."