Dancing On Ice 2013: Gareth Thomas buys his own ice rink!

Gareth Thomas and Robin (Dancing On Ice 2013)

Dancing On Ice 2013 star Gareth Thomas has apparently spent £300,000 on his personal ice skating rink.

The rugby champ has been left hooked on the sport since signing up for the ITV1 series.

And keen to get in some extra hours of practice, the 38-year-old plans to build his own rink.

The Sun reports that the money would be an investment and hopefully lead to the rink being open to the public, presumably once Gareth's out of the show!

“The money he’s willing to put in will buy a good-sized one that people would pay to use — but he really wants to use it for himself and friends," the source said. “He wants it just for the joy of keeping up the sport.”

Meanwhile, the hunky sportsman confessed he's been getting mocked by his former team mates over the show's tight and sparkly outfits!

He joked: “I’m learning to embrace the sparkles.

“The wardrobe department showed me the outfits and I thought, ‘That’s not really me’. But when you get into it, you understand the whole performance is a show and the outfits become part of it. You get over it.”

It takes a tough guy to mock Gareth!

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