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IGR World Barbarians is a charter member[1] of the International Gay Rugby (IGR), formerly known as the International Gay Rugby Association and Board (IGRAB), which is the umbrella organisation for the world's gay and inclusive rugby clubs. Based in London, UK, IGR is recognised by World Rugby as the representative organisation of the LGBT and inclusive rugby community.

Within the IGR, IGR World Barbarians was created as a way to include all gay rugby players that were with no gay or inclusive team at the time. Since its foundation all the rubgy players that want to play in the Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Tournament or Bingham Cup and have no team are elegible to play with World Barbarians if they want to. If there's no enough players to form a Barbarian team they will be sent to other teams that lack of players, or may, as it has happen in the past, form a squad with the word Barbarian in it along with another adjective belonging to the other part of the squad (i.e. Barbarians played the 2012 Manchester edition with Charlotte Royals were subsequently named Royal Barbarians). In different editions of the Bingham Cup they have enrolled players from USA, UK, Australia, South Africa, Portugal, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand or Spain

Washington invitational, 2001[edit | edit source]

In May 2001, in a precursor to the Bingham Cup, the Washington Renegades hosted an IGRAB International Invitational for gay rugby union teams in Washington D.C., United States. The event was officially a Rugby sevens tournament among the existing IGRAB teams at the time, and there was a Barbarian team formed by individual players from Chicago, London and Melbourne.

New York, 2006[edit | edit source]

It was the first time the IGR World Barbarians presented a team. The tournament field was divided into 3 divisions, the Bingham Cup for the strongest teams, Bingham Bowl and Bingham Plate. Sydney Convicts B beat the IGR World Barbarians to win the Bingham Plate. IGR ranked the 19th on the tournament being the final standings for the tournament as follows:

Bingham Cup Division

  • Sydney Convicts A
  • San Francisco Fog A
  • Washington Renegades A
  • Gotham Knights A
  • Seattle Quake
  • Kings Cross Steelers
  • Los Angeles Rebellion
  • Manchester Village Spartans

Bingham Bowl Division

  • Boston Ironsides
  • Dallas Diablos
  • Philadelphia Gryphons
  • Austin Lonestars
  • Chicago Dragons
  • Atlanta Bucks
  • Portland Avalanche
  • Emerald Warriors

Bingham Plate Division

  • Sydney Convicts B
  • IGR World Barbarians
  • Washington Renegades B
  • Gotham Knights B
  • Minneapolis Mayhem
  • Cardiff Lions
  • Phoenix Storm
  • San Francisco Fog B
  • Toronto Muddy York
  • Amsterdam NOP

Dublin, 2008[edit | edit source]

The fourth Bingham cup was held in Dublin on the weekend of the 13–16 June, at Dublin City University campus. 32 teams competed across four divisions (the Cup, the Plate, the Bowl and the Shield). The IGR World Barbarians team, made up largely of the Nashville Grizzlies, beat the Sydney Convicts (B Team) in the Plate final.

Manchester, 2012[edit | edit source]

Manchester Village Spartans RUFC, England, hosted the 2012 Bingham Cup. The competition was held at Broughton Park RUFC, Manchester, June 1–3 and boasted the largest number of inclusive teams in the tournament's history

The IGR World Barbarians presented a combined team with the Charlotte Royals, a merger that took place the night before the tournament started. The Royal Barbarians melded well and defeated Newcastle Ravens and a previously undefeated side of combined French teams, but they were beaten by Kings Cross Steelers B in the semi-final.

Sydney, 2014[edit | edit source]

2014 saw another combined team as the world of inclusive rugby traveled down to Sydney, with the Barbarians merging with a contingent of Nashville Grizzlies and Charleston Blockade players. The team managed to score the Hoagland Vase.

Nashville, 2016[edit | edit source]

Hosting of the eighth Bingham Cup[2] was awarded to Tennessee's.

2016 roster in Nashville included 16 players from the US and Canada, plus players from the United Kingdom, Australia. Germany and 5 members of the Lisbon Dark Horses. The mixture proved to be a success. as the Barbarians defeated Kings Cross Steelers (B) and claimed the Bingham Bowl-their third trophy in five tournaments.

Amsterdam, 2018[edit | edit source]

Hosting the ninth Bingham Cup was awarded to Amsterdam Lowlanders and was held on the Amstelveense Rugby Club's fields. The IGR World Barbarians presented a team with players from UK, USA, Australia and Spain. At the end of the group phase they lost their chance to fight for the Cup against the Brisbane Hustlers and again the definitive chance to fight for the Plate against Seattle Quake, however finishing the 8th position in the IGR ranking that year, which has been the best position ever for that team in the ranking

Also, for the first time in the Tournament there was a women's World Barbarian team that reached the finals and lost against the All Blues team, which was the first winner of the newly instated Amanda Marks Cup, the trophy for women's teams at Bingham Cup[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. List of Members of the IGR, by alphabetical order.
  2. Bingham Cup 2016, Official Bingham Cup Nashville
  3. Sydney Convicts win gay rugby World Cup, with mention of the defeat of World Barbarians side against All Blues.


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