Oz to host gay rugby champs

2012-10-12 10:33

Sydney - Australia on Friday won the right to host the world gay rugby championships in Sydney in 2014, with organisers hoping the event will help address homophobia in sport.

The Sydney Convicts Rugby Club, Australia's first gay rugby union team, said the International Gay Rugby Association and Board had announced it had the rights to host the seventh bi-annual Bingham Cup.

"When the Bingham Cup is played in Sydney it will further dispel the myth that gay men cannot play tough contact sport," head of the Sydney bid committee, Andrew Purchas, said.

"The tournament will shine a national spotlight on homophobia in sport, which is still endemic to many of our country's sporting fields and experienced by young gay athletes."

Officials said that the wide support in sports-mad Australia - from Prime Minister Julia Gillard down - for the tournament was remarkable and highlighted Australia's willingness to tackle homophobia on the pitch.

"In many respects the Bingham Cup is more than just a rugby tournament," said former Wallaby captain and supporter of the Sydney bid John Eales.

"It is an important demonstration of mutual respect and diversity which has always been part of the rugby community.

"Regardless of the football code you would like to play, sexuality should be irrelevant consideration.

"Unfortunately this is not a reality and there is still work to be done to eliminate negative stereotypes and homophobia in sport".

The Bingham Cup is named after American gay rugby player Mark Bingham, who died on United Airlines Flight 93 when it crashed into a Pennsylvania field during the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

The Sydney Convicts Rugby Club, winners of the 2012 Bingham Cup, led the bid to host the week-long event which will see up to 40 teams and 1 500 players, coaches and supporters visit Sydney.


  • jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-12 10:52

    myself and gary.doyle will be there.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-12 10:57

      Yep, gays have moustaches to hide the stretch marks.

      jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-12 11:13

      Although I have never been to a gay club as such, when I was about ten, a friend and I Gary.Doyle)constructed a club house in my backyard using timber stolen from a building site down the street. Our club, which we named 'The Kiss Club' due to a certain band being popular at the time, employed an intensive entry exam in which the applicant had to know all the words to Love Gun and not be a girl. As we had no other friends and knew no girls apart from my sister, this made sense at the time. The next day after school, having managed to recruit several new members by promising laminated membership cards and changing the entry exam to 'knowing the names of the band members', we all rode to my place to participate in our first club meeting only to discover my sister, outraged by the 'no girls' rule and armed with four liters of paint left over from a recent bedroom redesign, had painted the clubhouse pink and added 'ing' to the end of the word 'Kiss'.

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-10-12 11:23

      @Jimmy that is hilarious. Much more entertaining than the boring homophobes on here.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-12 11:35

      HAHAHA, stirrer! That's so dodge, but very funny. @ james, get over yourself. Not everything that's made a joke of is always some type of phobia. Sometimes it's just funny because it is. Getting all over-sensitive about everything isn't going to help your cause one bit. Lighten up dude, it's Friday!

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-10-12 19:37

      now here is a tournament the boks can most certainly win as overall champs! Its just up their alley in terms of opposition. let the boks have their day in the sun..

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-10-13 12:30

      @ Charles this from the guy who spends his entire Friday quoting Romans on every feed he can find. Lawl. Get a life.

  • Petzer.Franc - 2012-10-12 11:00

    Bingham Cup ey, swop the 'i' and 'a'

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-10-12 18:44

      Do they change their "Wintergreen Rub" for "K Y Jelly in the changeroon now??????

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-10-13 12:31


      peterjohnjnb - 2012-10-16 21:55

      wwaaaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Jisssis that's funny!!!

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-12 11:01

    It's called the Bang'em Cup.

      apart1heid - 2012-10-12 11:18

      dankie stirrer, vir daai brokkie intieme persoonlike platberg informasie, maar nee, ons stel ni belang ni en is glad ni geintreseerd ni... so skryf jou hoolahoop slaaiblaar girlyboys in en daar gat julle??

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-12 11:36

      Apart1heid, jou gebruik van die woorde "intiem", "girlyboys" en "gat" laat my wonder...

      apart1heid - 2012-10-12 14:12

      jy kan wonder soveel jy wil, ou blaarslaai... di beste kans wat jy het, om iets hierbo reg te kry met jou papieris riet, is wanneer ons hom vir jou afrol en di 10 gebooi op hom ingraveer....jy sal dit laaik ne'?? seker nou weer di suid-ooster se skuld, dat alles onder daai platberg is so skeef is, huh??

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-12 14:13

      Jappie, jy maak nou soos in GEEN sin nie. Ek weet dis Vrydag my ou, maar kon jy nie bietjie later wag voordat jy begin syp nie?

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-12 14:41

      @apartheid Gee net so 2h, dan's stirrer uit internet uit. Hy kan dit nie vir sy "loving family" bekostig nie.

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-12 11:02

    Heard of the two gay Irish rugby players? Henry Fitzpatrick and Patrick Fitzhenry.

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-12 14:41

      Gee net so 2h, dan's stirrer uit internet uit. Hy kan dit nie vir sy "loving family" bekostig nie.

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-12 11:03

    There are two gay Scots players as well: Ben Doon and Phil McCavity.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-12 11:25

      lol, sies!

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-12 14:41

      Gee net so 2h, dan's stirrer uit internet uit. Hy kan dit nie vir sy "loving family" bekostig nie.

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-10-13 12:32

      this kind of humour is typical homosocial behaviour. The fact that you all are so fixated on anal sex says something about your own sexual insecurity. The laugh's on you.

  • david.bassill - 2012-10-12 11:06

    Gives a whole new meaning to the phase " tight play"

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-12 11:14

      ."touch, pause, engage"

      Generaal1 - 2012-10-12 11:31

      More like“ touch, pause, in gayge”

  • Petzer.Franc - 2012-10-12 11:14

    Long as the ref dont blow all the time. . .

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-12 11:25

      That's a pink card for you!

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-10-13 12:32

      @Charles - wow so creative.

  • tina.betsakos - 2012-10-12 11:18

    Are they entering their national team?

      haasbek.visser - 2012-10-12 11:23

      Kurtley is captain!!!

  • paul.vaneck.31 - 2012-10-12 11:19

    Last series the Queens from Queensland won. They had 5 tries but only two conversions and that all happend in the scrum

      paul.sdoow - 2012-10-12 11:53

      best chirp so far!

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-12 15:16

      but not better than "dnar" on a 59yr old

  • warren.carne.9 - 2012-10-12 11:32

    They should take the trophy,I honestly wish the Wallabutts well.

      raymond.huxley.5 - 2012-10-12 11:43

      Shutup numnut, we're hosting, that's all. I reckon your Saffa teams will feature prominently though.

  • paul.sdoow - 2012-10-12 11:33

    i am sure raymond huxley will fit right in . . . his comments are scarce now is he competing?

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-12 11:37

      He's the mascot.

      raymond.huxley.5 - 2012-10-12 11:43

      Two boofheads, go figure...

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-12 11:54

      Raymond, can Aussies enter if they only do male sheep? You know, "ram" it...

      paul.sdoow - 2012-10-12 11:58

      ewe that's gross stirrer!

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-12 14:42

      Gee net so 2h, dan's stirrer uit internet uit. Hy kan dit nie vir sy "loving family" bekostig nie.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-12 14:56

      Nee, Dr Death, ek sal al oor 'n uur weg wees vir die naweek. Gaan lekker kamp saam met pelle. Jy weet, daai mense wat actually van jou hou? Ek weet die konsep is vreemd vir jou.

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-12 15:16

      Vreemd stirrer, jy't altyd 'n verskoning hoekom jy nie na-ure internet het nie. Vir 'n afgetrede internet billionaire klink dit nogal fishy.

      apart1heid - 2012-10-12 15:39

      oooo, starririg gaan bietjie 'lekker' 'kamp' met met 'lekker' 'pelle'?? 'pelle' wat van hom 'hou', styf vas hou?? nou ja, ou stirririg, gaan jy, jou maatjies, bietjie 'ausie rules' rugby leer, of gaan julle net 'n bietjie skrum?? gelukkig is 'daai' tipe toernooie, altyd daar onder....

  • fbonthuys - 2012-10-12 11:37

    Ek wil nie eintlik veel sê hieroor nie, maar kon julle nie liewer iets soos sokker of hokkie of skaak gaan speel het nie??

      haasbek.visser - 2012-10-12 11:43

      Hulle soek juis die kontaksport!!!

      apart1heid - 2012-10-12 15:45

      propaganda?? propaganda, om di arme verwarde weepee slaaiblaar, wat nog onseker is oor hul manlikheid?? en onseker is of die' praktyk 'n gruwel is en of dit al sosiaal(media) aanvaarbaar is, uit te lok, om saam met hulle in 'n donker gat in te val, waar selfmoord, selfhaat, verwyt, dwelms ens di norm is. S.I.E.K.

  • francois.vandermerwe.14268 - 2012-10-12 11:37

    At least the Pienk Bulls already have their outfits

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-12 11:51

      And Province have the dungeon stripes on their backs. Oooooo wee! It's going to be war I tell you! Just one question though, will steamy wet conditions not unfairly favour WeePee?

  • paul.sdoow - 2012-10-12 11:38

    will it mean bryce lawrence will blow for the entering the tackle from an onside position .

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-12 14:44


      paul.sdoow - 2012-10-12 15:58

      fake doc?

  • edwardsch - 2012-10-12 11:38

    Don't forget that they will have two teams in the competition. the second team will have the own 'wool clothing' but the Ref will have his 'hand full' so to speak!!!!

      haasbek.visser - 2012-10-12 11:42

      That sucks!!!

  • paul.sdoow - 2012-10-12 12:11

    i bet the front row will fightover who going to be the tighthead prop!

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-12 15:15

      That's a s funny as dnar on a 59yr old

      paul.sdoow - 2012-10-12 16:01

      wells a load funnier than getting that 59yr old to AnE under seven minutes.

  • david.bassill - 2012-10-12 12:15

    Wonder if the refs will be shouting " hands out" at the breakdown, and " reload " ?

  • selma.botha.9 - 2012-10-12 12:34

    Wat n gatslag.

  • tom.hunter.7792 - 2012-10-12 12:36

    After the game they'll be like, "Group hug in the showers tonight!" Such bullsh*t having a GAY rugby champs... why don't they just play in the normal league like Paul O'Connell.

      haasbek.visser - 2012-10-12 12:38

      Or Joe Peterson!!! Brian, Bekker, Deon, JdJ, JdV, and the rest!!!!

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-12 12:57

      ...or the entire Bulls team with their pink jerseys.

      haasbek.visser - 2012-10-12 13:04

      Great come back stirrer you brainiak you!!!!!!!!

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-10-13 12:34

      @Tom - if you don't like it, don't watch. No-one's forcing you to.

      Ryan - 2012-10-14 16:00

      @James... I suspect that he and many others commenting so maturely here will be among the first to watch

  • dangelo.fredericks - 2012-10-12 12:45

    At the scrums---Touch, Pause

  • marina.stapelberg - 2012-10-12 12:50

    What is it with you straight guys dissing gays? Maybe scared that your "secret" will be exposed out of the closet? Grow up and get a life. And no................I am NOT gay just believe in life and let live.

      haasbek.visser - 2012-10-12 12:57

      GAY GAY GAY GAY GAY GAY GAY GAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-12 12:59

      Marina, rugby and gay just do NOT go together. Except if you wear pink rugby jerseys.

      marina.stapelberg - 2012-10-12 13:26

      Haasbek.visser are you really as stupid as you look? Maybe a bad hair day when the photo was taken. As for stirrer, that is the most ignorant comment I have read today on this , and believe me, there were tons. I rest my case, your honor.

      haasbek.visser - 2012-10-12 13:40

      Nee Marina, dit was op n goeie dag!!!!

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-12 13:53

      Marina, ek sien jy het vir jou kleinseun 'n Bulls truitjie aangetrek. Dis kindermishandeling!

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-12 14:44

      Gee net so 2h, dan's stirrer uit internet uit. Hy kan dit nie vir sy "loving family" bekostig nie.

      tyron.bains.5 - 2012-10-13 07:13

      Marina is your real name not Martin ?

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-10-13 12:35

      @marina thanks for bringing some sense to the forum. The jokes on here are so ridiculously unimaginative and childish. Who'd have thought grown men would be this insecure about their sexuality

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-12 13:09

    Nee nou het ek alles gesien!!!!!!

  • brandewijn.vancoke - 2012-10-12 13:13

    Keep the game 'fair' - hope the ref will be blowing every oke that enters from the wrong side or has his hands in. Should be especialy hard-on the tight head to keep him from going down. :D

  • gswart1 - 2012-10-12 13:22

    Hulle gaan seker die skrums agterstevoor om doen. Bwahahaha!

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-12 13:49

    Wow I'm too sexy for shirt stuff.Fudge packers with the stiff one eye that loves tackling opponents from behind.

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-12 14:46

      @sean Are there sexy diesel trucks on the road?

  • Robert.James.Doubell - 2012-10-12 14:09

    Luckily it is not Cricket, beacause all of them are batting for the other team!!

  • kaptein.spies - 2012-10-12 14:39

    Ag asseblief, klomp f@tch p@ckers op die veld. Van SA sal net Pieter Grant, Duane Vermeulen, mof Etsebeth en Gio kwalifiseer. O ja en Joe Pietersen

  • simon.mwando - 2012-10-12 15:55

    Kisses likely to rain among e scrums! Last day events. Nway Is it Bingham or Banghim? Bwahahahaha

  • edgar.johnson.353 - 2012-10-12 18:40

    What a lot of trash !

  • mabhureni - 2012-10-12 19:41

    Expect e unexpctd thre im telling u.

  • jaco.jordaan.9275 - 2012-10-12 21:34

    I hear it's going to be a stiff comp.

  • tyron.bains.5 - 2012-10-13 06:57

    This gives a new meaning to the saying \agter elke man\

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