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Green Gazelles claims to have become the UK’s first official entirely vegan rugby club.

Founded by Brendon Bale, the sports club, which aims to compete all over the world, says it has received interest from ‘a variety of rugby enthusiasts and players so far’. 

In a statement sent to Vegan Food & Living, Bale said: “The squad is already forming nicely with well-known chef Gaz Oakley, professional player Darren Dawidiuk, vegan coach David Cleary, and many more showing a keen interest.

“We will be formed as an invitational rugby 7s team to start competing in tournaments across the UK, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands but with the aspiration to plays 15s competitively too in the future.”

The club also posted an email-conversation with Canterbury – a manufacturer of rugby boots. “We can confirm that all of our rugby boots are vegan-friendly,” the post reads.

“We do not use leather anymore, it’s all synthetics and we do not use any animal products when manufacturing our boots.”

Vegan football club 

Vegan football club, Forest Green Rovers, dubbed as ‘the world’s greenest football club’, recently unveiled its new sustainable uniform made from bamboo. 

In a statement sent to Plant Based News, Dale Vince, Chairman of Forest Green Rovers, said: We’ve taken inspiration from nature with our new kit–from the zebra stripes to the sustainable materials. I was pretty shocked when I found out that modern sportswear is actually made from plastic, that feels wrong to me, not just from the sustainability point of view, but for performance too.

“Together with PlayerLayer, we’re making strides towards a new approach for football kit–this year’s 50 percent Bamboo is a stake in the ground (no pun intended), we plan to move beyond that. The aim is 100 percent sustainable high-performance material.”

To find out more about the Green Gazeelles, you can follow its Instagram 

Liam Gilliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.