Canada's Ottawa Wolves Won The Bid To Host The 2020 Bingham Cup

Canada will get a little gayer and a little rougher come 2020 as the international gay rugby tournament will be hosted there.

It has recently been announced that the 2020 Bingham cup will take place in Canada, according to the Globe and Mail. The Bingham cup is an event that promotes equality and competition while also serving 70 teams from around the globe.

The event was founded in 2002 and named after former University of California, Berkeley rugby player Mark Dendall Bingham. Bingham later co-founded the Gotham Knights RFC before later dying during the 9/11 terrorist attack on United Airlines Flight 93.

Now, the Ottawa Wolves will take part in honoring his name and the sport of Rugby by hosting the 2020 event.

“This is a truly historic moment for both rugby and the inclusive sports movement in Canada,” said Jean-François Laberge, past captain of the Wolves and president of the Bingham Cup Ottawa 2020 bid committee. “Hosting the Bingham Cup reinforces that Canada is an open, inclusive and welcoming country.”

“The international gay rugby community is excited that the Bingham Cup will be held in Canada for the first time, a country with a growing rugby community and a proud reputation of openness towards the LGBT+ community,” Ben Own, the chair International Gay Rugby, said in a statement.

“Bringing the Bingham Cup to Canada is a major boost for the sport of rugby in this country,” Rugby Canada chairman Tim Powers said. “Rugby is truly an international game with the values of inclusiveness and respect at its core. It’s a sport that transcends issues of sexuality and gender and celebrates diversity.”

h/t: The Globe and Mail

Australia's Sydney Convicts Won The Bingham Cup After Stripping To Fundraise Travel

The Sydney Convicts have done it again.

The Sydney Convicts are Australia’s first gay and inclusive rugby union club. They have been around since 2004 and have since participated in multiple competitions and cups such as the Bingham Cup.

Now, they have won the Bingham Cup, the world cup of gay rugby, for the fifth time. The Convicts won the award after defeating the New York Gotham Knights 22 – 8 this past Sunday.

“Sydney Convicts are the extremely proud to win the Bingham Cup,’ said club president Don Rose.”

“The Amsterdam tournament has been the largest in its history with 2300 players and 72 teams.”

“After 3 days of Rugby the Convicts ‘A’ progressed unbeaten into the grand final and in an extremely tough and hard fought final against the New York Gotham Knights we came away with the Bingham Cup for the 5th time.”

In addition, the Sydney Convicts’s B team also won the Bingham Shield.

These feats are amazing given what the Convicts had to do in order to fund their participation in the competition.

In order to pay for travel to Amsterdam and participate in the Bingham Cup, the team hosted an annual strip show titled Rugger Bugger. During that show, the team members let loose, danced, had fun, and shook their bare butts a little.

All of that raunchy play led them to this Bingham Cup victory, so it was absolutely worth it.

Check Out This Cool Rugby Uniform That Turns Rainbow When It's Stretched

Its seems that Australian Rugby player Israel Folau’s intolerant words shared on Instagram have sparked some wonderful change in the rugby league.

New Zealand union team, the All Blacks, are showing their support of LGBTQ people by donning some pretty cool clothing.

The team will now be wearing all black outfits that, when stretched, turn rainbow colored.

As shared in a statement the announce the new uniforms:

“The result is a fabric that maintains its black appearance when at rest, but when stretched, reveals the deeper grooved portions of each rib and the colors underneath.”

Then to help share the news of this change, the team, along with their sister team the Black Ferns, released a video displaying their wish to support diversity and inclusion. They then started the hashtag #diversityisstrength.

Insurance company AIG, which is the sponsor for both the All Blacks and the Black Ferns, paid for the ad and for the new jerseys.

That said, AIG didn’t come up with the idea themselves. The idea of the jersey was created by Advertising agency TBWQ/Hakubobo and AIG decided to run with it.

No matter who thought up the idea though, we're very happy to see it.

h/t: GayStarNews

Australian Rugby Player Israel Folau Incites Anger Online After A Homophobic Comment

A super religious rugby player has shared some insensitive thoughts.

The man in question is Australian Wallabies player Israel Folau. Folau posted an Instagram picture this past Tuesday to lightly touch on his disappointment at sustaining an injury at his latest game against the New South Wales Waratahs.

The image, shared below, depicts two images with the message that your plans for the future don’t always coincide with God’s plans for the future. In addition, the post included the Biblical quote, “Consider it all joy when you encounter various trials.”

All that’s well and good, but soon Folau upset the internet when he responded to a comment. When someone asked, “What was gods plan for gay people?? [sic],” Folau responded, “HELL…Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God.”



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Folau’s comment caused many people on social media to call him intolerant and homophobic. News source RT News also pointed out that this isn’t the first time that Folau has expressed comments along these lines.

Once, Folau posted a tweet, found below, where he stated that he would never support gay marriage.

As such, this is the latest installment in Folau’s open intolerance towards gay people. That said, Rugby Australia’s official policy welcomes gay players and fans.

"Rugby has and must continue to be a sport where players, officials, volunteers, supporters and administrators have the right and freedom to participate regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race or religion and without fear of exclusion.

“There is no place for homophobia or any form of discrimination in our game and our actions and words both on and off the field must reflect this."

h/t: RT News