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Rugby ace Hardaker aims to break down barriers with support for LGBT team

England international Zak Hardaker, who was caught on camera making a homophobic comment to a referee, has given coaching sessions to the Manchester Canalsiders - the world's first Rugby League team for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities.

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Rugby ace Zak Hardaker aims to break down barriers with support for LGBT team

England international Zak Hardaker, who was caught on camera making a homophobic comment to a referee, has given coaching sessions to the Manchester Canalsiders - the world's first Rugby League team for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities.

A dark shadow was cast over the sport when Hardaker was heard calling a referee an offensive term during a live, televised Super League match against Warrington.

The player served a five match ban for his outburst.

But the decision to travel to Manchester to coach the Canalsiders was his own.

Zak with members of the Canalsiders.
The Manchester Canalsiders are the world's first Rugby League team for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities.

"It was a heat of the moment thing, I didn't mean any offence and I'm sorry if any was caused by it."

– Zak Hardaker on his offensive comment.
The Manchester Canalsiders are the world's first Rugby League team for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities.

"For him to come here and say he's proud to come and work with this club, has been invaluable for us."

– Stan Sandland, Manchester Canalsiders.

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