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Australia’s First Gay Rugby Club Prepares For World Cup

Australia’s first gay and inclusive rugby union club is preparing to go to Rome to compete in The Bingham Cup, also known as the World Cup of Gay Rugby.

The Gay Games have been running since 1982 with huge international success. 

But Aussie football codes still have progress to make, and rugby union is actively challenging that.

Sydney Convicts is Australia’s first gay and inclusive rugby club, and President Ken Averre spoke on The Briefing about the upcoming cup:

“It’s a competition which has just grown exponentially from the initial competition in 2002,” Averre said, “we’re expecting in excess of 2000 players, a larger number of women’s teams attending.”

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The competition bring teams together internationally, and has grown exponentially within the queer community over the past 22 years.

“People have moved around quite a lot, they may have played for other teams, they may now play for the Sydney convicts, and there’s just a great camaraderie between everyone who’s there.”

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