Ireland Braces Itself for 2008 Gay Rugby World Cup

    DUBLIN, June 5 /CNW/ - The 2008 Bingham Cup (commonly known as the 'Gay
Rugby World Cup') sponsored by Irish bookmaker Paddy Power kicks-off in Dublin
next Friday, 13 June 2008.
    The tournament is the second largest biennial amateur 15s rugby
tournament in the world. The 2006 cup which took place in New York was the
biggest yet. Thirty teams drawn from clubs around the world competed in the
three day tournament. The Dublin tournament is expected to exceed these
figures with over 800 participants already registered for the competition
which will take place at the DCU campus over the weekend of June 13 - 15.
    The Paddy Power Bingham Cup is the biggest International team sports
event to take place in Ireland 2008 and Paddy Power's sponsorship of the event
represents the largest commercial sponsorship of an Irish based gay event.
    Paddy Power expressed his delight with the partnership: "It's a real
honour to associate ourselves with what is the biggest team sports event to be
held in Ireland this year. It is also the biggest ever sponsorship of an Irish
gay-focussed event and we are really looking forward to getting behind the
lads to ensure that the 2008 Bingham Cup will be the biggest and most
successful yet"
    Commenting on the sponsorship, Richie Whyte, Tournament Director said:
"Paddy Power have an innovative and risk taking approach to the market. We are
delighted that they see the Bingham Cup as a good fit for them both in terms
of its sporting potential and public profile. We expect our partnership to
enhance an already great tournament and help to make it the biggest and best
tournament yet."
    Paddy Power have installed Australian side the 'Sydney Convicts' as their
15/8 favourites for victory in the tournament. They have also reported a
gamble on English team the 'King's Cross Steelers' which has seen their odds
tumble from 8/1 to 4/1 third-favourites.

    Bingham Cup Winner
    Paddy Power Betting

    15/8 Sydney Convicts
    3/1 San Francisco Fog
    4/1 King's Cross Steelers
    11/2 Gotham Knights
    8/1 Los Angeles Rebellion
    8/1 Manchester Village Spartans
    10/1 Washington Renegades
    14/1 Seattle Quake

    The competition will take place at the DCU Sports Complex, Dublin in
June 12th - 15th 2008. Full details for the event, including team draws an be
found on

For further information:

For further information: Ken Robertson, Communications Manager, Paddy
Power plc, +353-1-4045915, +353-87-8528718

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