NSW Waratahs star Jacques Potgieter has visited Australia’s first-ever gay rugby club, Sydney Convicts, to apologise for homophobic comments.
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Potgieter was fined $20,000 by the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) after making the comments during the Waratahs’ 28-13 win over the ACT Brumbies on Sunday.
The back-rower made a formal apology after Brumbies star and avid same-sex marriage supporter David Pocock made a complaint to the referee during the Super Rugby clash.
“I’m very sorry for any offence caused by what I said on the field during a heated encounter,” Potgieter said in a Waratahs statement.
“It was an off-hand remark made without thought for the hurt it could cause to those around me.”
The South-Africa born player posted a photo to social media after visiting the club.
“Great meeting the boys from @sydneyconvicts! Happy for the opportunity to apologize in person. Backing you guys 100%!” Potgieter posted on Instagram.