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IGR Involved In The Union Cup


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European IGR clubs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of IGR taking an active role in the management of the Union Cup.

The 29 IGR clubs of Europe, plus ISIRR and the World Barbarians, participated in a vote to decide IGR’s role in the management of the biennial European gay rugby championships, given its significant growth in recent years.

In a two part vote, the membership first voted 48 votes to 5 in favour of IGR involvement. The level of involvement was then determined using a single transferable vote system, with the members giving their first, second and third choice preferences of three proposed options. The successful option 'B' provides:

1. Guidance and advice to the host city
2. Management of the bidding process
3. Tournament structure (establishing a Tournament Liaison Committee to undertake this role).

IGR Chairman, Andrew 'Fuzz' Purchas said of the vote outcome, "The phenomenal expansion of the Union Cup in recent tournaments has been fantastic to watch. IGR looks forward to assisting its continued growth and the Union Cup being a part of IGR’s international tournaments in 4 continents."

The IGR Trustees have reached out to Dublin's Emerald Warriors, hosts of the next Union Cup in 2019. Both parties are greatly looking forward to a strong and positive working relationship over the next two years, with the focus on creating the best possible tournament for Europe's gay and inclusive rugby community..

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