Photograph of rugby team

Live Bingham Cup broadcast

enadmin, 5th August 2014

In collaboration with Sydney’s 2SER, CRN-2 is offering your station live coverage of the final of The Bingham Cup, the international gay rugby union world championship, on Sunday 31 August.

Update - 27 August

Extended broadcast times and running schedule
The live broadcast has been extended, now from 10:30 EST to 17:00 EST, in order to accommodate three further matches. Stations can take the entire broadcast, or just a portion. The premier match, the Bingham Cup, will commence between 14:30 and 15:00 EST.

From 10:30 EST
Introduction and rundown;
Bingham Shield;
Bingham Bowl;
Bingham Plate (all games run for 60 minutes);
Followed by the Bingham Cup from approx 14:30 EST.
Post-game show will air from around 16:10, with the finish at 17:00 EST, when CRN-2 will switch back to regular CRN-1 programming.


A competition that promotes diversity and inclusion, the 4-hour broadcast from Easts Rugby Union Club will feature expert commentators, as well as some light-hearted half-time comments from 2SER's Gay Panic team.

The seventh Bingham Cup held, and the first in the southern hemisphere, this event welcomes international clubs from Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. Its goal is to significantly increase the profile of the gay rugby locally and internationally, and to challenge homophobic stereotypes relating to gay men and sport and encourage gay men to participate in sporting activity.

The tournament is named after Mark Bingham, who was part of the San Francisco Fog gay rugby union team. Bingham died in the September 11, 2001 attacks onboard United Airlines Flight 93. He was one of a group of passengers who attacked the hijackers, which eventually led to them crashing the plane into a vacant field in Pennsylvania instead of targets in Washington.

Mark Bingham continues to be a significant role model in the gay community for strength and resilience, both significant elements in sport. Bingham Cup 2014 Ambassadors include John Eales, Nick Farr-Jones and Matty Johns, with strong community endorsements from Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, Governor of NSW; the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Member for Wentworth, Federal Minister for Telecommunications, the Hon George Souris MP, NSW Minister for Tourism, Major Events Hospitality and Racing, Minister for the Arts; and Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney.

Live-only on CRN-2 (channel 631), Sunday 31 August from 12:00 to 16:00 EST

Pictured - Sydney Convicts, the current Bingham Cup champions.

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