ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The St. Louis Crusaders men’s rugby team travels to Nashville, Tn. during Memorial Day weekend to participate in the 2016 Bingham Cup, an international rugby tournament promoting rugby as an inclusive non-discriminatory sport.

Currently, the Crusaders team is the state’s only inclusive rugby club registered with International Gay Rugby (Board and Association) which allows for their participation in the Bingham Cup. This will be the first time the rugby club participates in the tournament as a team rather than sending a few individual players.

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“The team is ecstatic that we get to go and experience the international brotherhood of rugby,” said Robert Fischer, Director of Public Relations. “We get to play in a tournament named in honor of a global gay rugby icon, it is something truly memorable.”

The Bingham Cup was named in honor of Mark Bingham who helped start two of the first premier gay rugby clubs and is internationally known as one of the heroes of 9/11. At the time of Bingham’s death, only six gay and inclusive rugby clubs existed worldwide. Today, there are almost 60.

On Saturday, May 14, the team will host its final fundraiser before the tournament. Crusaders players will take over Attitudes Nightclub, Rehab Bar & Grill, and Just John Nightclub located in The Grove starting at 10 p.m. to sell their “Rugger Bear” shots and some Crusaders gear to assist the team with travel costs such as housing for players.

If you are interested in joining the Crusaders, please email Mike MacKillop, Director of Recruiting, at secretary "at" or for more information on the Crusaders rugby team, visit For more information about the Bingham Cup, visit



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