Sydney Convicts gay rugby club cheers Bingham Cup result

Sydney Convicts gay rugby club
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The Sydney Convicts have finished the 2024 Bingham Cup on a high, placing second overall in the main tournament of the World Cup of gay rugby.

The Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Tournament, known as the Bingham Cup, is played in a different host city every two years. The gay and inclusive rugby event is named after US 9/11 gay rugby hero Mark Bingham.

This month, the Convicts, Brisbane Hustlers, Melbourne Chargers, Perth Rams and Adelaide Sharks travelled to Rome to compete.

Two teams of Convicts played 11 games, with Sydney Convicts A finishing up in second place in the overall tournament. Paris club Les Gaillards took home the Bingham Cup.

However, the Sydney Convicts B team did bring home silverware. They won the tournament’s second-tier Alice Hoagland Vase – named for Mark Bingham’s mother – beating World Barbarians in the final 29-7.

Over 70 Convicts players and crew went to Rome

The Convicts’ Iain Shepherd said the club “finished on a high” and come home with “lifelong memories in what is the 20th year for our club”.

“We brought together a group of over 70 players and support crew,” Iain said.

“On behalf of the club we want to share a huge thank you to everyone who helped get us to Italy – from our dedicated coaches, physio and team management crew to our sponsors, local businesses and our community who generously supported our fundraising efforts.

“A Bingham Cup tour is a magical experience, strengthening existing, and creating new friendships across the global gay and inclusive rugby community.

“We congratulate all the Australian teams and players who participated this year. A big thank you also to our local hosts Libera Rugby Club Roma and volunteers in Rome.

“The Bingham Cup might be over, but our regular competition and game time continues as we return to Sydney to compete in the NSW suburban rugby competition [from] June 15.”

The Convicts, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, have competed in Bingham since 2004. Since the club has won the Bingham Cup five times.

Melbourne Chargers bring home the silverware

In Rome, the Melbourne Chargers also brought home the Hoagland Plate, the top prize in the second tier of the Bingham competition. The Chargers defeated the Manchester Village Spartans 17-5.

“After an intense game in the heat of the midday Roman sun, the Chargers put three across the line and held Manchester to only one try,” the Chargers wrote on Instagram.

Players from the Chargers have competed in every Bingham Cup since 2012, winning the Cup in 2016.

Brisbane Hustlers bid to host Bingham Cup in 2026

The Brisbane Hustlers also finished third in the tournamnet, after hard-fought match against Ireland’s Emerald Warriors.

The Brisbane Hustlers gay and inclusive rugby club are turning 20 years old this year. When in Rome, the club delivered their pitch to bring the entire tournament home.

International Gay Rugby has named the Hustlers and Argentina’s Ciervos Pampas Rugby Club as the two final bidders for the 2026 Bingham Cup.

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

Jordan Hirst is an experienced journalist and content creator with a career spanning over a decade at QNews. Since 2012, the Brisbane local has covered an enormous range of topics and subjects in-depth affecting the LGBTIQA+ community, both in Australia and overseas. Today, the Brisbane-based journalist covers everything from current affairs, politics and health to sport and entertainment.

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