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Muddy York RFC
Full nameToronto Muddy York Rugby Football Club
UnionsRugby Canada; IGR
RegionRugby Ontario
Ground(s)Sunnybrook Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
PresidentIan Royer
Coach(es)Lori Spray
Captain(s)Blake Harris
Official website

Muddy York RFC is Toronto's Inclusive rugby team and Canada's 2nd Inclusive rugby team. Was founded by Dave Galbraith in 2003.[1]They are part of the TRU and IGR organizations. [2] They are Toronto's first amateur gay team.[3]

Name and Coat of Arms[edit]

Toronto Muddy York – is a tribute to the original name of Toronto. The team colors – blue and yellow – come from both the City of Toronto’s coat of arms and the Rugby School in Warwickshire, where the game was created in 1823. Blue symbolizes tradition, loyalty, unity, and strength; while yellow symbolizes success, athletic achievements, and joy.[4]


Muddy has held an inaugural tournament called the Dirty Rugger Tournament, which houses the Beaver Bowl cup since 2009[5]. They have played in the Bi-Yearly Bingham cup since New York in 2006 every time[6][7][8][9]

Outside of Rugby[edit]

The Gay Who Wasn't Gay Enough is a Youtube video that has surpassed 500k views.[10] Muddy York was involved in a photo series called Boys will be Boys by Giovanni Capriotti.[1][11] It won first in sports at the 2017 World Press Photo of the Year awards[12][13][14][15] and the series was displayed at Bingham 2018 Amsterdam[16].

Club Presidents and Commissioners[edit]

  • 2003 - Dave Galbraith
  • 2004 - Marc Charrier
  • 2005 - Mike Cole
  • 2006 - Mike Cole
  • 2007 - Oliver S
  • 2008 - Brandon Taylor
  • 2009 - Brandon Taylor
  • 2010 - James McCabe
  • 2011 - James McCabe
  • 2012 - James McCabe
  • 2013 - James McCabe
  • 2014 - John Jeffries
  • 2015 - John Jeffries
  • 2016 - John Jeffries
  • 2017 - Omar Aljebouri
  • 2018 - Omar Aljebouri
  • 2019 - Neil Littlejohns
  • 2020 - Ian Royer

Notes and references[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Capriotti, Giovanni (June 24, 2015). "All gay rugby club takes the advantage". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  2. "Affliction to TRU". TRU Website. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  3. Mcdowell, Adam (24 Feb 2007). "They tackle Stereotypes". National Post. Toronto. p. TO27. ProQuest 330576802. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  4. "Muddy York coat of arms and name". Muddy York. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  5. "Beaver bowl Official page". Muddy York. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  6. "Bingham 2014 Sydney". Star Observer (AUGUST 16, 2014). ELIAS JAHSHAN. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  7. "2016 Nashville". Gay Star News (19 MAY 2016). Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  8. "CANADIAN CLUBS PERFORM WELL AT BINGHAM CUP". Rugby Canada (13/06/2018). Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  9. "Ottawa to host international gay rugby union tournament, promoting inclusivity in sport". Ottawa Matters (Oct 4, 2018). Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  10. "The Gay Who Wasn't Gay Enough". YouTube.
  11. Capriotti, Giovanni (2016-09-02). "Boys will be Boys". World Press Photo.
  12. "World Press Photo of the Year 2017". The Daily Telegraph. London. 13 Feb 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  13. "The world through the lens". Toronto Star (published 2017-02-14). February 13, 2017. p. A3. ProQuest 2030951107. Retrieved 21 June 2020. Muddy York Rugby Football Players Michael Smith, left, Devin McCarney, centre, and Jean Paul Markides are photographed during a rehearsal for their performance at the annual team's drag show in Toronto.
  14. Aboelsaud, Yasmin (February 14, 2017). "Canadian-based photographer wins World Press Photo prize with Toronto gay rugby team series". Daily Hive. Vancouver. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  15. "Gay rugby players who kiss and dress in drag win at World Press Photo Awards" (15 FEB 2017). Gay Star News.
  16. "What makes gay rugby's Bingham Cup tournament so special?". Sky Sports. Jon Holmes. Retrieved 2 June 2020.

External links[edit]

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