Emerald Warriors RFC
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|League(s)||Leinster Metro J4 Junior League|
The Emerald Warriors are an Irish rugby team based in Dublin. They play in the Leinster Metro J4 Junior League and are members of the International Gay Rugby Association and Board. They are Ireland's first primarily gay rugby team although it is open to anyone with an interest in playing rugby and includes heterosexual members.
Emerald Warriors RFC was formed in August 2003 by Richie Whyte to provide gay and bisexual men the opportunity to play rugby in Ireland and internationally and to create links with similar teams and organizations in the UK, Europe and America. The team began playing in 2004  and took part in the Bingham Cup, often referred to as the 'Gay World Cup' that year, representing Ireland. They competed again in 2006 and went on to host the event in 2008, in Dublin City University's sports complex with endorsement from the IRFU. The event was deemed a success for rugby in general, for bringing gay rugby in Ireland to a new level of organisation and popularity by The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN). They entered the Leinster Metro Junior league in 2007. They also competed in the Union Cup a biennial European, non-professional, gay rugby union tournament in London in 2009.
Crest and colours
The team was subject of a documentary film on Irish language station TG4 called Queering the Pitch which followed the Emerald Warriors, representing Ireland at the The Bingham Cup in 2006. The documentary, which was directed by Tom Maguire, was also screened at GAZE: The Dublin International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in 2007.
Mention in court ruling
The club was mentioned in a 2009 Irish Supreme Court judgment on Portmarnock Golf Club when ruling on equality legislation regarding whether the club could prohibit women from joining. It ruled there is no prohibition on the establishment of clubs or associations whose membership is limited to persons of a particular gender and made a specific reference to the Emerald Warriors recognising that rugby is not a "need" of gay men.
The team and its members have also taken part in events such as the Dublin Pride Parade  and Mr Gay Ireland, with club member Barry Meegan who was asked by his team mates to represent the club, winning the competition in 2007 and raising money for HIV and AIDS related charities based in Dublin in the process.
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