OZmob to display Gay World Cup

December 5, 2013
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The Australian Rugby Union has become one of the first major sporting bodies in the world to display a gay cup in their trophy cabinet.

AAP

The ARU on Wednesday received the Bingham Cup, also known as the Gay Rugby World Cup, and will have it on display in its trophy cabinet until it’s contested next in Sydney in August 2014.

Teams from over 15 nations will battle for the trophy, including current champions, Sydney Convicts, who handed the trophy over to ARU CEO Bill Pulver.

Also involved in Wednesday’s ceremony was Wallaby forward and Bingham Cup ambassador, David Pocock.

“In terms of Australian sport, they (Sydney Convicts) are obviously a great team in their own right,” Pocock told AAP.

“But I think in terms of Australian sport, the advocacy they do around raising awareness of homophobia and really challenging it within sport is so important.

“It’s so important that we have athletes in Australia speaking out about that.”

The event follows the ARU’s announcement in August of the development of an Inclusion Policy aimed at strengthening Australian Rugby’s commitment to stamp out discrimination and homophobia in rugby.

The policy will be finalised before the 2014 Bingham Cup.

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9 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    December 5th, 2013 at 11:16 am

    The less I say about this the better for me….They should not come and play their WC in Zambia, they will be prosecuted as it is illegal like in most African countries.

  2. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 5th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Oh, they’ll be welcomed with a pink procession
    through the streets of Cape Town.

  3. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    December 5th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    @Boertjie: :)

  4. avatar Bekke says:
    December 5th, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    And on Moftus there will be public damnation, but lots of pink shirt-cladded Bulls will suddenly have to “go to the store” before kick-off… and of course hero Steyn will be the mascot, with Stok acting as pin-up for the ads….

  5. avatar Aldo says:
    December 5th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Bekke, aren’t you missing out on the parade?

  6. avatar Sasori says:
    December 5th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Ok, so we should now, to be fair, also have a heterosexual world cup – No Gays Allowed. We live in an insane world.

    Why isn’t it enough that gay people should be allowed to play for any rugby team they have the ability to play for, now we need a discriminatory team.

  7. avatar Duiwel says:
    December 5th, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    It’s already hard in a ruck and maul
    without worrying about some homo
    pervertingly pilfering your piles.

  8. avatar DavidS says:
    December 6th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    @Aldo:

    Bekke is robbing some village of an idiot…

  9. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 6th, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    @DavidS:

    Now that is funny!

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