Bristol Bisons RFC

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Bristol Bisons Rugby Football Club
Bristol Bisons RFC logo 2012.jpg
Bristol Bisons Logo
UnionGloucestershire RFU
Founded2005 (2005)
LocationCribbs Causeway, Patchway, Bristol, England
Ground(s)Clifton RFC
ChairmanPhilip Rogerson
Coach(es)Ben Rockett, Lee Penfold & Murray Jones
Captain(s)Dave Paskin
2017/18 Kit
Official website
Bristol Bisons RFC Team Photo May 2011

Bristol Bisons RFC is an inclusive gay friendly English rugby union club based in Bristol.

Club history[edit]

The Bristol Bisons RFC (Bisons) were established in 2005,[1] following a visit to the Bingham Cup gay rugby tournament in the summer of 2004 in London.[2] The founders felt that it would be good to spread the messages of an inclusive gay rugby team in the South west.

Training for the newly formed club started early in 2005. One of the first matches was the Bisons versus a Barbarians side of players from Manchester and Bristol. By 2009 the club had gone through a quiet spell so it was decided to relaunch the club with new kit and promotional material in December 2009.

As part of Bristol Pride 2010 the club promoted itself more visibly particularly on the Bristol gay scene. During season 2010/2011 the team grew in strength and numbers and now has around 30 regular and occasional players. In 2011, the team took part in Bristol Pride and Swindon Pride. In July 2011, the team were chosen as hosts for the Union Cup 2013 European Gay rugby tournament.[3]

In 2016, the Bristol Bisons moved to Clifton RFC near the Mall in Cribbs Causeway.

In 2017 the Bristol Bisons gained sponsorship from Event Exchange.

The Bristol Bisons RFC vs Northampton Outlaws Aviva Game.


The following is a list of tournaments held by or attended by the team.

Tournaments Hosted[edit]

  • 2006 – Spring – Rugby Tournament, Bristol
  • 2006 – Rugby 7's tournament at Bristol Gay Mardi Gras
  • 2007 – Spring – Rugby Tournament, Bristol
  • 2013 – Union Cup – Rugby Tournament, Bristol

Tournaments Attended[edit]

Union Cup[edit]

Bingham Cup[edit]

Memberships and affiliations[edit]


  1. ^ a b Beacham, Rhiannon. "Gay rugby Union Cup 2013 hosted by Bristol Bisons". BBC. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  2. ^ "The Union Cup". Gay Rugby Clubs. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Bristol Bisons to host the Union Cup 2013". Everything Rugby. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Members". International Gay Rugby Association and Board. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  5. ^ Quirke, Jeni. "Bristol Bisons join Rugby Football Union". Pink Paper. Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2015.

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