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‘Speaking up was daunting but it was important and worth the sacrifice’: Leinster’s Jack Dunne on revealing his bisexuality

Last month, the second-row became the first professional Irish rugby player to speak publicly about being bisexual. A highly-rated prospect who also studies theoretical physics at Trinity College, he explains why the time was right and how he doesn’t want to be labelled as a result

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Leinster's Jack Dunne. Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

Leinster's Jack Dunne. Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

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Leinster's Jack Dunne. Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

As he makes his way across a busy junction, glancing at his phone to locate the coffee shop where we’ve arranged to meet, Jack Dunne cuts a striking figure. Standing 6ft 8in tall and filling out his frame, he sports shoulder-length hair, a beard and wearing ripped jeans, the highly-rated Leinster second-row stands out from the crowd. 

He isn’t yet on first-name terms with the nation, but last month the 22-year-old decided to raise his head above the parapet as he became the first professional Irish rugby player to speak publicly about being bisexual. Suddenly, he was making headlines.


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