"Rugby has always been a game for all shapes and sizes, from the tall to the short, to the big to the thin, to the fast to the slow."
An important message of inclusivity delivered by international referee Nigel Owens at yesterday's launch event for the 2019 Union Cup, which will be held in Dublin.
The biennial tournament aims to 'make sport accessible for LGBT individuals to promote health and wellbeing through physical activity.'
Founded in 2005 with seven teams taking part, the competition has since grown to an anticipated 45 teams in 2019. The event will be hosted by Dublin club Emerald Warriors and will be held at DCU on the weekend of June 8 and 9.
This year, for the first time, teams will be competing for the Union Cup Women’s Cup during what should be a memorable festival of rugby right here on our doorstep.
The tournament is being backed by the IRFU and the launch was held at the Aviva Stadium yesterday. See the below video for more information. To register a team or find out how to attend, follow this link.
Union Cup Dublin 2019, Europe’s biggest LGBT+ inclusive rugby tournament.
The two-day festival of rugby will be held this June 8-9th, at Dublin’s DCU with an expected 45 teams from 15 countries to participate. pic.twitter.com/bRUFBGqGbV
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) April 9, 2019