New Zealand Rugby
& Pride Pledge

We've partnered with New Zealand Rugby to help make rugby a game for everyone.

Pride Pledge is pleased to announce an ongoing collaborative partnership with New Zealand Rugby.

 78% of New Zealander’s have said they have witnessed or experienced homophobia in sport. We’re honoured to have the opportunity to get to work with unions, clubs and teams across Aotearoa to help change that statistic.

He toa takitini. It’s a team effort.


Rainbow ready rugby top tips

Our first rugby-specific pride resource is here. This quick ‘top tips’ guide is for players, coaches, staff, volunteers or anyone wanting to be a better rainbow ally, both on and off the field. 

At Pride Pledge, we offer a wide variety of services to help organisations on their rainbow inclusion and diversity journey – including resources. 

To view the full resource or download as a PDF, click the link below. 

"Road to acceptance: Lyndon Bray says it's time to talk about being a gay man in rugby"

Article | Paul Cully. May 17 2022.


'We'll see a gay All Black,' says New Zealand Rugby president Max Spence

Article | Paul Cully. May 17 2022.

South Canterbury Rugby Union ahead of the game in supporting LGBTQIA+ players in provincial rugby

Article | Maddison Gourlay. May 20 2022. 

Pride Pledge
Provincial Rugby Unions


The following rugby unions are the early adopters of the Pride Pledge x NZ Rugby program, and have signed on at Pride Pledge organisations in 2022. We look forward to continuing work with them. 

“We are aiming for organic growth of Tasman Rugby’s diversity and inclusion, through paradigm shifts in our thinking and actions, in order to truly achieve a sense of belonging and identity for all that participate in Tasman Rugby, so that we live our purpose.”


Want to sign up your club or union?

Awesome. Get in touch below. There are many great benefits to being a Pride Pledge rugby organisation including access to resources, policy consultation, Rainbow Awareness Training and collaboration/networking.

We’re looking forward to working with you.