Gareth Thomas & Michael Calvin

GARETH THOMAS was born in 1974. He played rugby union for Bridgend, Celtic Warriors, Toulouse and Cardiff Blues, winning 100 international caps for Wales and captaining the British and Irish Lions. In 2010 he switched to rugby league, playing for the Crusaders RL, and for Wales. He retired from rugby in October 2011. Gareth announced publicly in 2009 that he is gay; and was voted the most influential gay person by Stonewall later that year. He is a dedicated supporter of the charity Childline.

MICHAEL CALVIN has been Sportswriter of the Year and has twice been named Sports Reporter of the Year. He is currently chief sports writer with the Independent on Sunday. His book Family: Life Death and Football, was shortlisted in the 2011 Sports Book Awards. His last book, The Nowhere Men, was named Football Book of the Year at The British Sports Book Awards 2014.