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.
The Brisbane Hustlers returned to Tyalgum Ridge Retreat in late January 2016 for their annual Rugby Boot Camp.
This year saw many of our players return from 2015, and our largest intake of new players. With the Bingham Cup in Nashville coming up in May, the weekend was spent introducing our new and less experienced players to the fundamentals of the sport, and the more experienced players turned their focus to strategy.
When the boys weren’t on the field, they spent their time on team building challenges, rugby trivia, and the mother of all dance competitions.
After a successful weekend of training, the Brisbane Hustlers are focussed and determined to take out the Bingham Cup in May, and the Scotney Cup back home in Brisbane.
Thanks to Karen and the team at Tyalgyum Ridge Retreat for the amazing food and hospitality over the weekend!
Check out more photos from the 2016 Boot Camp on our Facebook.
The Brisbane Hustlers Boot Camp is an annual event held for all players prior to start of the playing season. If you’re interested in joining the Hustlers, send the team a private message via their Facebook page.
The Brisbane Hustlers welcomes former Wallaby and Australian Rugby Union veteran Brendan Cannon to its coaching team.
Brendan Cannon is a force in rugby union. Prior to his retirement in April 2007, Cannon was capped 42 times for Australia. He has also played for the Reds, Waratahs and Western Force, playing 106 Super Rugby games between 1996 and 2007.
Head coach Darren Hegarty said that securing Mr Cannon was a major coup for the Brisbane Hustlers.
“Having someone of Brendan’s calibre and experience is not only inspiring for the boys, it’s also going to help us launch strongly into the 2016 rugby season.”
Club president Marty Tebbutt said that the Hustlers are ready to hit the ground running.
“Brendan is going to make a massive contribution to the team in terms of building skills and imparting his vast knowledge of the game. This will be of enormous benefit for both our new and existing players alike.”
“Having Brendan on board is a massive coup for the Hustlers, and will help us present a very competitive side this year.”
Brendan Cannon handing out some advice to the boys at a training session.
The Brisbane Hustlers will be competing for the Scotney Cup, Queensland Suburban Rugby’s 4th grade division. The Hustlers will also be heading to Nashville, Tennessee as a second seed in the Bingham Cup in May.
The Brisbane Hustlers, Queensland’s only gay and inclusive rugby union team, is based at Easts Rugby Union Football Club in Norman Park. Training sessions are held every Monday and Wednesday from 6:30PM. Everyone, regardless of rugby skills and knowledge, is welcome to attend.
Media contact: Marty Tebbutt
The Brisbane Hustlers are holding their 2016 Open Day, this Saturday the 9th of January. The Open Day is being held at New Farm Park from 3:30 to 5:30.
Have you always wanted to play rugby but never thought you could? Are you an experienced or new rugby player looking for a great team to join? Would you like to help out running a rugby team? The Brisbane Hustlers wants you.
The Brisbane Hustlers Rugby Union Football Club is launching its 2016 season campaign this Saturday 9 January 2016, at their Open Day at New Farm Park from 3:30PM.
The Hustlers are looking to build more on a successful 2015 season, with the team convincingly winning the inaugural Purchas Shield in Auckland, New Zealand.
Club president Marty Tebutt is excited for what the 2016 season will bring for the Hustlers, with the team competing for the Scotney Cup, the Purchas Cup and the Bingham Cup, widely known as the World Cup for gay and inclusive rugby.
“Since 2012 when the club reformed, we’ve been able to build a very competitive team of both established and new players.”
“This year, we’re looking to attract experienced players and, more importantly, people who are looking to come back to the sport and new players who have always wanted to play rugby.”
“We want to be able to finally bring home the Bingham Cup after missing out at the grand final against the Sydney Convicts.”
The Brisbane Hustlers is Queensland’s only gay and inclusive rugby club. Team captain Stephen Grace says that this contributes greatly to a positive team culture.
“As a straight player, I thought it would be hard to be accepted by the team. I was invited by a friend who was already in the Hustlers. But from day one, everyone made me feel incredibly welcome.”
Grace says that while he finds a lot of enjoyment in reconnecting with his old sport, it was the opportunity to play and guide new players who had never touched a rugby ball that really inspired him.
“Seeing these guys grow into strong and confident rugby players is amazing. In a matter of months, the new guys have been able to transition from learning how to handle a ball and tackle, to working with the rest of the boys on the field and help us take some crucial wins over the season.”
The Brisbane Hustlers see their Open Day at New Farm Park as an opportunity for the wider community to experience what the club has to offer.
The Hustlers Open Day will be held at New Farm Park on Saturday 9 January from 3:30PM. Everyone is welcome to attend; no rugby experience required.
Like us on Facebook and RSVP to the event here, or see below for further details:
Saturday 9 January, 2016
New Farm Park
Brisbane Hustlers at the World AIDS Day Vigil 2015
The Brisbane Hustlers attended the World AIDS Day Vigil in Reddacliff Place on December 1st along with many others in the Brisbane community to honour and remember those affected HIV/AIDS.
2015 marks the second year Brisbane has held an official vigil to commemorate the day, with the recent revival initiated by the Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC).
QuAC is an independent community based health promotion charity and has been doing some fantastic work to raise awareness and support those affected by HIV and AIDS.
The Brisbane Hustlers are heavily involved in the community, raising awareness and funds for QuAC with a portion of the proceeds from our 2016 Calendar being donated to assist them in their work with HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention.
To read more about QuAC click here.
To order a calendar to support QuAC and the Hustlers, click here.