This past weekend, Sydney was overrun with gay rugby players for the 2014 Bingham Cup, the first time the international gay rugby tournament has taken place in the Southern hemisphere since it began in 2002. It was a lot of rain and mud and men, and the Sydney Convicts emerged the winners, winning the trophy for the fourth time in a row.
The bi-annual competition included 24 teams from 15 countries and, was responsible for setting a new anti-discrimination precedent in sports both in Australia and worldwide. Prior to the start of competition, the five major sports leagues in the country signed a commitment to end homophobia in sport.
Convicts captain Steve Thorne commented: "We have been traveling every two years for a decade to other countries to play, and so to win on our home turf in front a massive crowd is really beyond anything we could have dreamed would come true."