Gay rugby cup to be held in Dublin

Dylan Vox | February 09, 2007

It was officially announced that the 2008 Bingham cup commonly known as the Gay Rugby World Cup will take place in Dublin Ireland. Ireland beat off competition from Paris and Sydney to host the biennial competition, which this year was held in New York. The Bingham Cup is the largest amateur rugby tournament in the world and this years competition was the biggest yet. Thirty teams from clubs around the world competed in the three day tournament.

The Bingham Cup is held in memory of Mark Bingham who died in the September 11 tragedy, on board United Airlines flight 93. He is believed to have been among the passengers who stormed the cockpit to prevent the hijackers from using the plane to kill additional victims. The Cup was named in his honor in recognition of his membership of the San Francisco Fog RFC, which was the first club to host the event.

Nick Costello of the Emerald Warriors, Ireland�s first gay rugby team says about 2,000 players and supporters will visit Dublin. �It�s good news for rugby, the gay community and the city.�

The International Gay Rugby Association and Board (IGRAB) is the umbrella organization for the world's gay rugby clubs. It is dedicated to encouraging lesbians and gay men everywhere to play rugby and made the decision to allow the Emerald Warriors, who were fiunded in 2003, to host the event. The competition will be held at the University�s campus in Glasnevin in June 2008. �DCU is large enough to host an international event, but it has a campus feel about it, so it should generate a buzz,� Costello said.

Emerald Warriors RFC was established in 2004 to provide gay, bisexual and heterosexual men the opportunity to take part in rugby union. This will be the fourth competition and expectations are that it will be a sucessful one. – Issued by Gay Link Content

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