The International Gay Rugby Association & Board (IGRAB) today announced the Sydney Convicts Rugby Club had succeeded in its bid to host The Bingham Cup in 2014.
The week-long event, to be held in August 2014, will see up to 40 teams and 1,500 rugby players, along with coaches and supporters, hosted in Sydney. The event is now considered the world’s largest non-professional international rugby tournament.
According to Jeff Wilson, IGRAB chairman, “The wide ranging support shown by the Australian sporting greats, senior business leaders, and government figures is remarkable. The vocal endorsement of the Australian Prime Minister, Members of Parliament, State Ministers, and the Governor of New South Wales highlights Australia’s willingness to tackle homophobia on the pitch, continuing strides toward eliminating homophobia in sport. We look forward to a world-class tournament that celebrates tolerance and acceptance in a very welcoming and supportive city such as Sydney.”
Andrew Purchas, chairman of The Bingham Cup 2014 organizing committee, said, “We are very pleased that IGRAB chose Sydney to host the seventh Bingham Cup in Sydney. I have no doubt that Sydney will embrace The Bingham Cup and make all the competitors feel extremely welcome. This is the first time the Bingham Cup has been hosted in the Southern Hemisphere. The rugby union establishment has been extremely supportive of the Sydney Convicts and the hosting of the Bingham Cup.”
Alex Smith, chairman of The Bingham Cup 2012 in Manchester, added that “the Sydney Convicts were worthy winners of Manchester 2012, the sixth Bingham Cup tournament. We look forward to seeing them defend the Cup in the great city of Sydney. The Bingham Cup 2014 promises to be another outstanding tournament.”