Summer Draft Tournament returns!

Pioneers in Inclusive Rugby, The Manchester Village Spartans RUFC, are proud to be bringing back this friendly, unique, draft-Style, one-day, Summer Touch Rugby tournament for everyone to enjoy on Saturday June 6th 2020 at the Spartans’ home ground at Sale Sports Club, Cheshire.

This 1-day, fast-paced tournament will be a celebration recognising the efforts put in by Spartans O2 Touch Ambassadors and lots of volunteers from a whole host of IGR UK Clubs across England during the England Rugby and O2 Touch 2019 Summer Pride Tour (a recruitment campaign encouraging greater LGBT participation in Inclusive O2 Touch Rugby).

Everyone is invited regardless of shape, size, sexuality, gender identity or touch rugby ability.

So whether you’re a total novice or expert, nationals O2 Touch pro, if you’re aged 18yrs+ you’re invited to play and bring friends and family of any age to come along and join in the friendly festival spirit.

Players don’t have to be in a team so you can register as individuals or in friendship groups.  Group Discounts are available when buying tickets for 8 or more players in any one transaction.  Please email for the voucher code and more info before making a group booking.

This exciting, ultra-sociable and inclusive event was the first of it’s kind last year and we hope it will be even bigger and better for 2020 – hosted at the Spartans new, purpose-built clubhouse.

Ben Dawson, 02 Touch Operator of the Year 2019, explained, “The easiest way to think of a Summer Touch Rugby Draft Tournament is that it’s like fantasy Football or Fantasy Touch Rugby but it’s played out in real life.”

He continued, “When you book your ticket, we ask you a couple of basic questions about your overall Summer Touch Rugby experience. This gets anonymised and each player is given a “price” that the tournament captains then have to “pay” to assemble their dream teams. They only have set ‘budgets’ so all the captains have to spend wisely and mix their teams up with players of all abilities.”   

This, Ben says, creates really well-mixed teams and he believe will lead to a really social and fun competition where everyone gets to compete fairly for the Cup, learn from one-another and create a really friendly buzz.  He adds, “We’ll try to keep small groups of friends together so if you come down as a duo, you don’t get split up and you can have a really good day meeting new people.”

You can find more information at where you can also buy your Early Bird tickets – the price of which includes Lunch.  Early Bird tickets are £15/pp and will be available until May 10th 2020.

Hosts announced for IGR UK Finals

On behalf of the UK IGR League Committee, we’d like to present the draws for this years hosts of the Northern division Finals Day and the first ever Grand Final as Champions of North & South meet to decide the overall UK IGR League Champions 🏉🏆
Huge thanks to IGR’s own Adam Wide for his fantastic skills conducting the draw.

Congratulations to Typhoons RUFC & Leeds Hunters on their success.

Here’s the locations of this years events:

Divisional Finals Day Hosts
Southern Division – Northampton Outlaws
Northern Division – Typhoons RUFC
Grand Final hosts – Leeds Hunters

We know you will all do us proud hosting the days, and good luck to all teams in their league campaigns to reach these iconic events.


Leicester & Reading Prides

Two major English Pride celebrations are set to see players from International Gay Rugby clubs march proudly as they promote inclusivity in sport and give the IGR Summer Pride Tour of England a boost promoting mixed-gender,  #O2Touch Rugby as part of the IGR Summer Pride Tour Supported by England Rugby and O2 Touch

The Reading Renegades are gearing up for a massive Reading Pride which celebrates it’s 16th year and will be marching in the #loveunites parade which sets off from Broad Street Mall at 11:15 on Saturday morning whilst the Northampton Outlaws are not only walking in the Leicester Pride parade and manning a stall but also have a pre-season, exhibition friendly lined up against Aylestone Athletic RFC 2’s in a special feature match on Victoria Park right next to Leicester Pride itself.



IGR teams join Spartans for their 20th Pride celebration

Players from Kings Cross Steelers RFC Chester Centurions RUFC Sheffield Vulcans RUFC The Leeds Hunters RUFC Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents RFC Bristol Bisons RFC South London Stags RFC Copenhagen Wolves Typhoons RUFC Northampton Outlaws RFC The Hull Roundheads RUFC Birmingham Bulls RFC and Westcountry Wasps proudly marched alongside their brothers and sisters in rugby and #O2TouchRugby at a huge Manchester Pride Parade on Saturday in the blistering heat in front of a huge 60,000 crowd of onlookers and supporters.

Helping the Manchester Village Spartans celebrate their 20 years at the forefront of growing inclusive rugby, over 70 players and allies (including the founder of the Warwick Rowers Calendar and head of Sport Allies) wore their kits and followed in the slipstream of the huge and epic LGBT Flag that has become a much loved fixture on the popular parade.


Plymouth Pride Cancelled Due to Severe Weather Forecast

The Pride in Plymouth website has issued a statement regarding the cancellation of the Pride events.

Due to forecasted severe weather conditions on Saturday 10th August, specifically high winds, Plymouth Pride 2019 has been cancelled for this date.

Following full consultation with all of the relevant authorities including, Devon and Cornwall Police, emergency services and the Met Office, a final decision was made today Wednesday 7th August to cancel the event – with a view to rescheduling it at a later date.

Visit the Pride In Plymouth website for more information. 

Brand new club set to march

The Nottinghamshire Hurricanes RFC are teaming up with the Nottingham Lions FC at Notts Pride this weekend, helping to celebrate and encourage the growth of LGBTQ+ sport in the region.

The recently formed Hurricanes will be marching throughout the city on their first Notts Pride, especially to raise awareness about the first Gay & Inclusive Rugby club in the country of Nottinghamshire.

Dont be shy….say hi if you see them during the parade and party……For more info check their social media on Facebook here

or on Twitter @HurricanesNotts

Alternatively, you can email them at for more info.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE IGR SUMMER PRIDE TOUR Promoting O2 Touch Rugby for everybody supported by England Rugby and O2 Touch here

Happy Pride, Hull

The Hull Roundheads RUFC are celebrating at Pride in Hull 2019  today.  Happy Pride, to everyone!  Read more about Pride in Hull here

If you want to give Inclusive Rugby a try, find out more about the Roundheads on this site here

Volunteers from IGR International Gay Rugby clubs around England are popping in to #Prides all round the country this summer as part of the IGR England Summer Touch Pride Tour 2019 supported by England Rugby and #O2Touch.

If you want to know more about the support you can get if you want to set up a Touch Rugby team and start playing in an LGBT mixed-gender, Inclusive Touch team, get in touch

or DM us on Messenger / Instagram / Twitter:   @inclusiverugby

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Happy Pride, Folkestone

Happy Pride to everyone attending Folkestone Pride 2019 today. If you’re interested in giving O2 Touch Rugby a try – a really sociable and exhilarating, low-contact sport, message us and one of our volunteers will get back to you to see what we can do to help / where you can play.

or DM us on Messenger