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Sydney Convicts play at Allianz stadium
Jul02

Sydney Convicts play at Allianz stadium

LAST UPDATED // Wednesday, 02 July 2014 09:50 Written by // Cec Busby

The Sydney Convicts will make history this weekend when they become the first gay rugby team in the world to play as part of a major professional match.

The Convicts will take to the field at the Allianz Stadium to play against Macquarie University as the opening match ahead of the much-anticipated NSW Waratahs and the Otago Highlanders game.

Sydney Convicts president Dave Whitaker is thrilled by the opportunity to showcase the team’s skills to the public.

“The Sydney Convicts are very excited and proud to be the first gay and inclusive rugby team to be invited to play as part of an elite level rugby match, Whitakeer told GNN. “We hope this game helps to challenge these misconceptions while also raising awareness that homophobia in sport is still a major issue and gay people often still feel unwelcome.”

Jason Fowler (pictured) played with Macquarie University prior to joining the Convicts. "Playing at Allianz is a once in a lifetime opportunity and the entire team is extremely proud and excited to be making history. For me, I’m amazed by how my life has come full circle. Just two years ago I was afraid to come out to my teammates, now I’m playing against them on a gay rugby team as part of a professional sporting event."

Bingham Cup Ambassador and NSW Rugby Chairman Nick Farr Jones said the game will help reinforce the anti homophobic framework the sporting leagues have put in place ahead of the Bingham Cup.

“I hope this game will help us continue to send a strong message that there is no room for discrimination of any kind, both on and off the fields.”

Don’t miss the Sydney Convicts this weekend at Allianz Stadium, Sunday July 6. Gates 130pm Macquarie Uni V Sydney Convicts at 140pn. NSW Waratahs V The Highlanders 405pm.

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Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and GayNewsNetwork.com.au.

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