• Thomas won 100 caps and scored 40 tries for Wales in rugby union before switching codes in 2010.
  • He first broke into his national side during the mid 1990s.
  • Thomas joined Cardiff in 1997 and won a Welsh title with them in 2000.
  • Meanwhile, he bame a fixture in the Wales back three and his use of the 'Ayatollah' celebration became famous.
  • His switch to home-town club Bridgend brought him another Welsh Premier Division title in 2003.
  • Thomas then spent one season with the ill-fated Welsh region Celtic Warriors in 2003-04.
  • Happier times were to follow in 2005 as Thomas (in grey holding trophy) was a part of the Grand Slam winning Wales side.
  • And later in the year he would win the Heineken Cup after switching to French side Toulouse.
  • He was also named as captain of the British and Irish Lions for their tour of New Zealand after an injury to Brian O'Driscoll.
  • Thomas became the most capped player in Wales history when he appeared against Australia in May 2007.
  • But his 100th, and final, cap would come as Wales were eliminated from the World Cup by Fiji in the same year.
  • He moved back to Cardiff but would not be called up for Wales in rugby union again.
  • Thomas switched codes to Welsh rugby league outfit Crusaders in 2010...
  • ...And became a dual-code international in the same year.
  • In 2011 he met with Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss how to eliminate homophobia in sport.

Gareth Thomas

Thomas won 100 caps and scored 40 tries for Wales in rugby union before switching codes in 2010.