The Bingham Cup
|Mark Bingham and his mom Alice|
The Bingham Cup is the world championship of gay and inclusive rugby teamsand is the largest men’s 15-aside rugby union tournament in the sporting calendar outside of the IRB Rugby World Cup. Manchester 2012 will be the sixth Bingham Cup.
Named after gay rugby player Mark Bingham who died on United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11, the Bingham Cup welcomes teams from 15 countries ranging from Australia and Canada to France and Portugal.
Five Bingham Facts
- The Bingham Cup attracts well over 30 clubs from 15 countries
- Approximately 1,500 registered participants, plus spectators
- Previous host cities include San Francisco, London, New York, Dublin and Minneapolis
- Manchester 2012 will be the sixth Bingham Cup, marking its 10th anniversary
- The current Bingham Cup champions are New York’s Gotham Knights who won the 2010 tournament in Minneapolis, USA
The Nashville Grizzlies RFC competed in the IV Bingham Cup in Dublin, Ireland and the V Bingham Cup in Minneapolis, MN.