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The Sydney Convicts, Australia’s most prominent gay rugby club, is on a recruitment drive to boost numbers heading into the new year. After signing up new players and volunteers at Fair Day earlier this week, they’ll be following things up with a special Open Day in Centennial Park on February 17 in an effort to field a third side for the 2014 gay rugby world cup, which Sydney is hosting.
Also known as the Bingham Cup, the week-long event will be held in the harbour city during August 2014 and involve up to 40 teams and 1500 players from across the world.
The event is now considered the world’s largest non-professional international rugby tournament.
Sydney will be the seventh city to play host the event, which promotes diversity,inclusion and sportsmanship whilst challenging perceptions of gay male identity and sport.
The Convicts were crowned world champions at Bingham 2012 in Manchester and also won last year’s Nicholson Cup in the Sydney Suburban Rugby Union competition.