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About IGR


IGR is International Gay Rugby (Association and Board) – an organisation of member clubs of primarily gay and inclusive rugby clubs. We are a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registered in England and Wales with our registered office at 71 Holland Road, West Ham, London, E15 3BP, England, United Kingdom (Charity Number – 1154241).




Our Charitable Objects are as follows:

To promote equality and diversity in particular the elimination of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or identification and to promote good health through the playing of rugby both for the public benefit by:

  • providing opportunities for members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community (LGBT) to compete in rugby through tolerant and accepting clubs and teams, both primarily LGBT and LGBT-friendly and by eliminating homophobia in rugby through community outreach, competitive play and tournament events that stand for tolerance and acceptance in sports; and

  • working with the rugby governing bodies and other partner organisations worldwide to improve tolerance and acceptance of LGBT athletes at all levels of the sport of rugby ensuring that no individual shall be excluded from participating in rugby on the basis of sexual orientation or identification.

  • IGR and our member clubs celebrate our sense of community through the organisation and coordination of events such as the Bingham Cup, the Union Cup, Magnitude 15s, and other local and regional tournaments.

We provide our member clubs with development support and resources in the areas of club organisation, recruitment, retention, fundraising, event management, and, regional and national union relations.

We are an Associate Member of the Federation of Gay Games and we are recognised by the World Rugby as the representative LGBT organisation.


Meet the IGR Team


Andrew Purchas
Chairman & Trustee

Jon Glassmeyer
Vice-Chairman & Trustee

Adam Wide
Vice-Chairman & Trustee

Duane Ward-Voerman
Treasurer & Trustee


Neil Pyper
Secretary & Trustee,
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Dean Bee
Regional Representative for

Neil Fox
Regional Representative for
the Celtic Area

Miguel Gallardo Albajar
Regional Representative for Continental Europe (excl. France)


Cyril Broccardo
Regional Representative for

John Jeffery
Regional Representative for
North America (North)

Gus Ventura
Regional Representative for
North America (East)

Adam Ruppert
Regional Representative for
North America (South)


David Rieker
Regional Representative for
North America (West)

Michael Smith
Regional Representative for
Southern Hemisphere

Mark Jordan
Representative for
Worldwide Barbarians

Megan Goettsches
Representative for
IGR Women's Rugby


Jeff Wilson
Former Chairman,
World Rugby Liaison




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