Back in 2000, a handful of Gay and Inclusive Rugby Clubs from London, Manchester, San Francisco, Washington and Wellington decided to form an organisation to help co-ordinate their tournaments and act as a beacon to other rugby clubs looking to provide a safe space for LGBTQ+ players to enjoy, learn and compete in the game of rugby.
View the IGR timeline here.
From these humble beginings, International Gay Rugby (or IGRAB, as it was known then) has experienced incredible growth and, two decades on, the organisation and it’s volunteers, continue to strive to represent our incredibly passionate community of rugby lovers across the globe, with every single team and individual player contributing to the continued promotion of Rugby For All
and helping to provide a unified voice that stands against prejudice on and off the field; Encouraging people from the LGBTQI+ community to experience team sport in a safe and supportive environment, whilst bringing players of all sexualities, gender identities, ethnicities, beliefs, backgrounds and abilities together, to play and enjoy the sport of rugby in it’s different forms.
Having reached this milestone in a year where people across the world have faced unprecendented challenges and the impact of the global pandemic, we’re still sure that our incredible, global community will come together, perhaps in unique and innovative ways, to celebrate our union of teams, our diverse family of players, our friendships and the positive impact we can have together.
If you’d like to get involved and help our celebrations in any way or would love to share your IGR memories, photos or videos, please get in touch here
– we’d love to hear from you!