The Sydney Convicts gay rugby club beat Macquarie University 30 to 12 in a curtain raiser game before the New South Wales Waratah’s state Rugby Union game against the New Zealand Highlanders on Sunday at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium.
The match was the first time anywhere in the world that a gay rugby club participated in a professional level rugby event, and was held as part of Sydney’s preparations to host the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby from 24 to 31 August with matches between 15 different countries on the 29th, 30th and 31st.
One of the Convicts players, Jason Fowler, is a former member of the Macquarie University rugby union team and many of his former team mates did not realize he was gay before he started playing against them as a Convict.
‘Playing at Allianz is a once in a lifetime opportunity and the entire team is extremely proud and excited to be making history,’ Folwer said ahead of the game.
‘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 team mates, now I’m playing against them on a gay rugby team as part of a professional sporting event.’
Allianz stadium also screened a 30-second anti-homophobia video featuring sporting greats during the main game.
Following the Convicts versus Macquarie University match the Waratahs beat the highlanders 44 to 16.