International Gay Rugby Association and Board

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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. IGRAB is based in London, UK.

The Goals of IGRAB are to:

IGRAB seeks to ensure its activities and rugby generally are inclusive in nature. IGRAB will strive to ensure that no individual shall be excluded from participating in IGRAB or rugby on the basis of sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political beliefs, athletic ability, age, physical challenge, mental challenge, or health status.

IGRAB constitutionally covers rugby union, rugby league, rugby sevens, quad (wheelchair) rugby, and touch rugby. Rugby union is by far the largest part of the IGRAB's focus.

The 2008-2012 IGRAB officers are Alex Fallis, Chairman (Dublin Emerald Warriors); Andrew "Fuzz" Purchas, Vice-Chairman (Sydney Convicts); Jeff Wilson, Secretary (Seattle Quake) and Jonathan Fish, Treasurer (Manchester Village Spartans).

Mark Bingham's mother (Alice Hoagland) and his friend Jason Reimuller (R) at training for Bingham Cup 2014 in Sydney.

History[edit]

In 2002 a coordinating group of gay & bisexual rugby teams based around the globe got together to create IGRAB as the body to promote rugby as an all-inclusive non-discriminatory sport which everyone can play, regardless of sexuality. The formation of this body led to the inauguration of a new international rugby competition—a gay rugby world's cup—which in a unanimous decision by all the members of IGRAB became known as the Bingham Cup. Since then the Bingham Cup has been won by:

  • 2002 - San Francisco Fog (tournament hosts)
  • 2004 - San Francisco Fog (tournament hosted by London Kings Cross Steelers)
  • 2006 - Sydney Convicts (tournament hosted by New York Gotham Knights)
  • 2008 - Sydney Convicts (tournament hosted by Dublin Emerald Warriors)
  • 2010 - Gotham Knights (tournament hosted by Minneapolis Mayhem RFC)
  • 2012 - Sydney Convicts (tournament hosted by Manchester Village Spartans RFC)
  • 2014 - TBD (tournament hosted by Sydney Convicts RFC)
  • 2016 - TBD (tournament hosted by Nashville Grizzlies RFC)

Member Clubs[edit]

Australasia

Europe

South America

North America

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cologne Crushers". Cologne-crushers.de. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  2. ^ http://www.ColoradoRushRFC.org
  3. ^ "The Madison Minotaurs Rugby Football Club - Madison, Wisconsin". Minotaursrugby.org. 2012-04-13. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  4. ^ "Nashville Grizzlies Rugby - Home". Grizzliesrugby.org. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 

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