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France rugby team to support Gareth Thomas with rainbow laces after attack

France's national rugby team will wear rainbow laces on Saturday in support of Gareth Thomas following an assault in Cardiff.

Gareth Thomas won 100 caps and captained Wales. Credit: Twitter/Gareth Thomas

The former Wales captain was the victim of a homophobic attack last Saturday.

The French players will make the gesture during their Test against Fiji in Paris.

French Rugby Federation vice-president Serge Simon said in a tweet: "Dear Gareth Thomas, all French Rugby is with you."

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Gareth Thomas has tweeted his heartfelt thanks for the support he's received since the assault and thanked the French Rugby Federation.

But the former rugby star says the mental scars from being assaulted by a 16-year-old boy in Cardiff city centre 'will stay with him for some time'.

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After the physical scars have healed, I feel I have to say an unbelievable THANK YOU from me and all in the LGBT community for the support I have received," tweeted Thomas.

Truly humbled. My mental scars will stay with me for some time, but will drive me to fight even more for a world where acceptance of everyone in normal.

To the French Rugby Federation, merci.

– Gareth Thomas
Footballers have been wearing rainbow laces since 2013. Credit: PA

The rainbow laces campaign started when gay rights group Stonewall asked footballers in England and Scotland to wear them in 2013.

Thomas played in France between 2004 and 2007 for Toulouse.