13 February 1988|
Batley, West Yorkshire, England
As of 12 August 2018
Keegan Hirst (born 13 February 1988) is a professional rugby league footballer who plays for Wakefield Trinity in the Super League. He plays as a prop and was the team captain of the Batley Bulldogs. In 2015 he became the first British professional player to come out as gay.
Hirst began his career as an academy player at Bradford Bulls before joining Hunslet Hawks in 2008. After a season with the Hawks, Hirst moved to Dewsbury Rams for two seasons and then moved to Batley Bulldogs for the 2012 season. In 2013 he moved to Featherstone Rovers but returned to Batley, first on loan and then on a permanent move in 2014.
In August 2016 Hirst signed a deal with Wakefield Trinity to play for the Super League side from 2017. Hirst made his Super League début in the round 6 match of Super League XXII against Leigh Centurions.
In popular culture
- Ian Roberts - first openly gay rugby league player
- Gareth Thomas - first openly gay rugby union player
- Rugby League Project
- "How rugby star Keegan Hirst's coming out statement helps to challenge gay stereotypes". Telegraph & Argus. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
- "Roughyeds 2009". Oldham Evening Chronicle. 11 March 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
- "Rovers prop Hirst is back at Batley". Pontefract and Castleford Express. 21 November 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
- "Keegan Hirst: Batley Bulldogs prop agrees move to Wakefield Wildcats". BBC Sport. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
- "Wakefield Trinity 28 Leigh Centurions 24: Bish' clocks up a ton as Trinity hit back to win". Yorkshire Evening Post. 23 March 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- "Rugby League star Keegan Hirst becomes first Brit player to come out as gay". Sunday Mirror. 15 August 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
- "Keegan Hirst steps on to field as Britain's first rugby league star to come out as gay". The Guardian. 16 August 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015.