Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas claims he was subject to a homophobic attack in Cardiff.

Thomas, 44, made over 100 test appearances for his country in a distinguished career.

In 2009, he announced he was gay, becoming the first professional rugby union player to do so.

Thomas took to Twitter on Sunday morning to reveal the details of the attack – and confirmed he had pleaded with police for the offenders to face restorative justice.

In the clip, Thomas is seen sporting cuts to his head and face which he suffered as a result of the assault.

"I have decided to make what I hope will be a positive video," Thomas said.

"Last night I was the victim in my home city of a hate crime for my sexuality.

"I want to say thank you to the police who were involved and allowed me to do restorative justice to the people who did this.

"I thought they could learn more that way than any other way.

"There are a lot of people out there who want to hurt us but unfortunately for them there are more people who want to help."

Thomas has become a rugby pundit since his retirement after a brief spell in rugby league with Cruaders.

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