The Brisbane Hustlers will be locking horns with the Easts Longhorns tonight at Easts Rugby Union Club in Norman Park for the Hustlers’ first Rainbow Round.
In honour of the Skins Australia Rainbow Laces and #KnotMe campaign, this will be the Hustlers’ second friendly with the Longhorns in as many years and the club’s third friendly game as they prepare for the 2016 QSRU Season.
Club president Marty Tebbutt says that this is more than just a game for the clubs, whose members train on the same fields.
“The Easts Longhorns has always been very supportive of the Hustlers and while we train at the same times during the week, we rarely get the opportunity to test our skills against one another.”
“We’re looking forward to have this chance to play against them again, especially because it’s for a cause that the club’s strongly advocates for and embodies.”
“We are sending a message that playing rugby is what brings us together and anyone, regardless of sexuality, is welcome to be a part of it.”
The Rainbow Laces campaign was conceived by Skins Australia in partnership with Pride in Diversity to raise awareness of homophobia in sport. This was to highlight the outcomes of an international study in 2015 “Out On The Fields” where 73% of gay men surveyed felt that homophobia was more common in team sports than other parts of society.
“Homophobia anywhere is not on. In sport, the only thing that should matter is how you perform on the field.”
The Brisbane Hustlers won against the Longhorns at their first friendly in 2015.