Why is a Brisbane Rugby Union Club going to Nashville Tennessee to play Rugby?
There are many reasons, but if only one answer could be given it is simple: pride.
The biannual Bingham Cup was last held in 2014 in Sydney where the Brisbane Hustlers were defeated in the grand final after a challenging campaign.
Now the Brisbane Hustlers are heading to Nashville on the 23rd of May to contest again for the Bingham Cup, putting the club pride on the line. One the great things, however, about the Bingham Cup is that there is more than pride club involved in the intense completion of more than 1,000 players from all corners of the world.
The name of the cup itself is a source of pride and inspiration. Mark Bingham, who, an imposing figure at 194 centimetres and 102 kilograms, played rugby while a student at the University of California, winning national championships. He was instrumental in founding the San Francisco Fog Rugby Union Football Club in 2000, making it one of the first gay-inclusive teams.
Unfortunately Mark did not get to see the Fog grow, as he was a passenger on Flight 93, on September the 11th. Mark, never someone to just stand by and let something bad happen, hatched a plan with fellow passengers Todd Beamer, Tom Burnett and Jeremy Glick, to storm the cockpit and overpower the hijackers. The actions of the group brought the plane down into a remote field – thwarting the terrorists intended target of the White House, and while all on board were killed, many lives were spared by the actions of the group.
So as a club the Brisbane Hustlers go to Nashville with every intention of bringing back some serious silverware, but we also go to be part of something more that is founded on inclusiveness, bravery and integrity.
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