2016 BINGHAM CUP
The Bingham Cup is an international rugby tournament celebrating gay and inclusive rugby clubs. It was named in honor of Mark Bingham who helped start two of the first premier gay rugby clubs (the San Francisco Fog and the Gotham Knights) and is internationally known as one of the heroes of 9/11. He helped forged the plan that took down United Airlines Flight 93 crashing the plane into a vacant field in Pennsylvania instead of its target of Washington D.C. At the time of Bingham’s death, only six gay and inclusive rugby clubs existed worldwide. Today, there are 60.
For the 2016 Bingham Cup, this marked the first time the Crusaders would attend this event as a team rather than sending a few individuals. The team reached the semi-finals of Tier 3 competing for the Challenger Julep and played a total of five matches across three days against the Chicago Dragons, the Dallas Lost Souls, and an amalgamated team made up of members from the Seattle Quake, Portland Lumberjacks, New Zealand Falcons and San Francisco Fog, and the Armada Montreal.
The Crusaders represented Missouri to the international gay and inclusive rugby community alongside 1,500 other athletes from 48 teams representing 28 countries making new friends and establishing a strong reputation for our state as a worthy opponent. Below are the results for the tournament.
STL v Chicago: WIN
STL v Dallas: Loss
STL V PACIFIC RIMMERS: TIE
STL V MONTREAL: LOSS
*the second game on Day 2 was changed and
the Crusaders faced the Armada Montreal