This Sunday, the Brisbane Hustlers will be hanging out at our major sponsor, The Wickham, as Brisbane’s best street party Big Gay Day kicks off! We’ll be manning a stall where you can learn more about the Hustlers and buy merch!
Then at 5.30pm, we’ll be doing a special Rugger Bugger Hustler performance on the main stage, keep an eye out for our boys showing some skin!
Returning to northern NSW in early February, new and experienced players alike had an intense weekend of rugby in our annual bootcamp. Despite some roasty weather, the boys were able to smash through a variety of drills, expanding on their own skill sets in position-specific sections as well as team runs. Join us as we gear up for season launch in 2018, new players always welcome – check our page for updates or get in touch.
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One week on from The Bingham Cup, as most of our squad has made their way home (many to play footy the day they arrived back!), I have reflected on what a wonderful adventure it all was. Thanks to the Nashville Grizzlies and IGR for hosting us and all the other teams – what a battle it was out there on the pitch, with lifelong friendships were formed off it.
Congratulations to both the Sydney Convicts and Melbourne Chargers on making the final, and the Chargers coming away with the top silverware for the first time! Inclusive Rugby is strong in Australia, and I could not be prouder. The competition is as fierce as the post match beers are sweet – we will be there again next time looking to take out our first Cup.
To all our players, our coaches and support staff, tour managers and supporters who made the trip over, words cannot express my gratitude for your time, effort and dedication over the last 12 months. I know you put everything in, and I could never ask for more. My love and pride in you is never-ending.
Last but not least, thanks to all of our sponsors and supporters back home – everyone who comes to our games and events. We would not have made it all the way to Nashville without you. Your boys did you proud in Hustlers (and Phoenix Storm) jerseys and will continue to for the rest of the season. We have a special group who will continue to grow and succeed, and a club with a culture that will continue to prosper!
I look forward to seeing you all again soon.
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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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.