Sydney Crowned Gay Rugby World Champions

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Named in honour of Mark Bingham – a gay rugby player who tragically died on United Flight 93 in September 11 – the biennial tournament sees teams from cities rather than countries take part.

The Manchester Bingham Cup was the games’ sixth incarnation and the largest yet with more than 1300 players and supporters attending.

Alex Smith, chair of the Manchester 2012 Bingham Cup organising committee, said: “The Bingham Cup is all about one thing: proving the anyone, regardless of background, can grab a ball and run out onto a rugby pitch.

“The Manchester tournament achieved this in spades as we welcomed more players than any other Bingham Cup including teams from Lisbon in Portugal, Stockholm, Melbourne and Nashville, USA.”

The Bingham Cup started in 2002 in San Francisco. Previous host cities include Dublin, London, New York and Minneapolis. A decision on the 2014 host city has yet to be announced.

Manchester’s gay rugby team – the Village Spartans – achieved sixth place.

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