Melbourne Chargers Win Bingham Cup 2016

The gay rugby team, the Melbourne Chargers, won the Bingham Cup 2016, the world championship of gay rugby.

The Chargers scored 20-7 to beat another local team, the Sydney Convicts, in the competition’s grand final to claim the 8th Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Cup at the three-day tournament.

Our local Queensland team, the Brisbane Hustlers, also made it into the semi-final of the competition.




The Bingham Cup was named after Mark Bingham, the rugby player who helped establish two premier gay rugby teams, San Francisco Fog and the Gotham Knights.

The Cup is held biennially, and this year, Nashville, Tennessee, hosted 41 teams from around the world for the biennial tournament, which promotes rugby union as an inclusive, non-discriminatory sport.

Updates: Since its inception in 2002, the Bingham Cup has become a global rugby event honouring Mark Bingham. A hero of 9/11 and an advocate for LGBTQIA+ inclusivity in sports.

Starting in San Francisco, the tournament has since travelled worldwide, from London to Amsterdam. Celebrating diversity and challenging stereotypes in rugby. The 2018 Amsterdam event marked a milestone. Furthermore, bringing together 74 teams from 20 countries. Showcasing the Cup’s growth as a symbol of equality and sportsmanship in the rugby community.  Hope to see you at the next  Bingham Cup 2024 in Rome.

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Nerelle Harper

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