The Sydney Convicts gay rugby league is playing in a new division, with NSW Suburban Rugby having invited the lads to join the Walker Cup, which is Division 4, 3rd Grade.

The Convicts will enter their 1sts team in this comp, while the 2nds will remain in the Halligan Cup.

“We see this as a great opportunity, as it gives us a much more structured comp in which to improve our skills,” Convicts president David Whittaker said.

“It will really add a new level of competitiveness to our games, because in this new comp we will be playing at a consistently higher skill than in our regular comp.”

Whittaker said that entering the new division would effectively double as preparation for the Convicts’ Bingham campaign in Manchester in 2012, where they are determined to win back the Bingham Cup.

“Many of the gay teams from around the world are playing at a very high skill level and this will help the Convicts compete more effectively with improving Bingham teams like New York, who were very lucky to take the Cup from us last year in the Minneapolis Grand Final.”

The Convicts played their first game in the Walker Cup against Brothers at Rockdale on May 7, landing a convincing 17 to 5 victory.

In social news for the club, following the success of last week’s pub crawl, the Convicts are holding Rugger Bugger at the Midnight Shift on Saturday, May 28. Held in co-production with ACON and Drama Down Under, the saucy event is one of the Convicts’ major fundraising events for the year.

info: Visit www.sydneyconvicts.org

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