The world championships of gay and inclusive rugby will be hitting Manchester this weekend, making it the biggest event of its kind so far!
More than 30 clubs from 15 countries are involved in the event, with 1500 players and loyal fans set to come! Their main cities of origin – Amsterdam, Dublin, Ottawa, Stockholm, Sydney and Washington – have even coincided with target markets for the Manchester tourism industry….
….Which is, get this: worth an estimated £5.8 billion a year now!
They've wanted the championship since 2010 for this very reason!
We're just happy that there's a big movement in inclusive sports like this.
Ben Cohen, he former England rugby World Champion player, puts it best:
I'm passionate that anyone, regardless of their background, should be able to play rugby. Events such as this tournament show how rugby has become more inclusive and it also helps break down barriers and bring more people into the sport.
We LOVE hearing that!
The tournament starts this weekend — good luck to everyone involved!
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