Sydney Convicts’ Bingham Cup win promises legacy to tackle homophobia

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The Sydney Convicts have won the two men’s divisions at the Bingham Cup – the big showdowns of LGBT rugby – in Amsterdam.

A record 72 groups and around 2,500 players contended in the ninth release of the competition, which incorporated a ladies’ trophy out of the blue, won by local people the Amsterdam Lowlanders. The Sydney Convicts took out the Bingham Cup for the fifth time, and the Bingham Shield for the third time.

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Convicts president Dan Rose said he couldn’t be prouder of his group’s inheritance.

“The two triumphs are a demonstration of the planning and diligent work of the club paving the way to the competition,” he said. “We are extremely glad that for the fourth time consecutively the Bingham Cup is returning to Australia, which demonstrates the quality of the southern half of the globe in rugby association.”

Lachlan McGregor was a piece of the Convicts’ triumphant group, with his folks venturing out to Europe to give a shout out to him. McGregor had dropped out of rugby just before he turned out as gay, trusting his partners would be “awkward” with his sexuality. Presently, at 29 and a general with the Convicts, the container is McGregor’s reward for having come back to the game he adores.

“I’m so unfathomably glad at this moment,” he said from Amsterdam. “I’ve been needing this for quite a long time and winning it with my folks viewing was the what tops off an already good thing.”

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