The Columbus Coyotes Rugby Football Club, Ohio’s only all-inclusive men’s rugby club, won the Hoagland Bowl at the 2016 Bingham Cup hosted in Nashville, TN Memorial Day weekend.
The Coyotes, in their first international competition, played teams from England, Scotland and the United States. The Coyotes went 2-1 in pool play losing out only to Scotland’s Caledonian Thebans before going undefeated 3-0 in tournament play. In the title match, the Coyotes defeated the Minneapolis Mayhem 29-17 to be crowned the 2016 Hoagland Bowl Champions.
The Bingham Cup is a biennial World Championship for International Gay Rugby (IGR) clubs. The cup was named after Mark Bingham, a founding figure in the IGR, made famous for leading the charge against hijackers aboard United Flight 93 on 9/11. The Hoagland Bowl is named after Bingham’s mother, Alice Hoagland. She’s been an outspoken supporter of rugby and the LGBT community.
The tournament brought together nearly 1,000 players who represented 44 teams from four continents.
The Coyotes are Ohio’s only IGR club and have been registered with USA Rugby since 2012. As the only IGR club in not only OH, but also almost all neighboring states, the team has built its reputation competing against USA Rugby Division 2 and 3 men’s clubs.
The popularity of rugby has always been high in Ohio but continues to grow with the new US Pro Rugby league which includes one Ohio team based here in Columbus.