Wessex Wyverns RFC returned to the UK with the Bronze Union Plate trophy. The Union Cup is a biennial European, non-professional, gay rugby union tournament, bringing together teams and joint teams from all over Europe.


The first edition was held in May 2005 in Montpellier, France, and had seven participating teams.



Since then the tournament has been hosted by Copenhagen (2007), London, (2009), Amsterdam (2011), Bristol (2013) and Brussels (2015).


A team of 18 Wessex Wyverns travelled to Madrid to join over 30 other teams, from even as far as South Africa, joined by the head coach and 9 Wyverns supporters.

The Wyverns performance at the 2015 Union Cup led to the 2017 team being placed in the mid-tier Union Plate competition, to play two games on the Saturday, and one on the Sunday.


Wessex Wyverns overcame Newcastle Ravens by 25-0 to win the Union Plate Bronze Final. Next year the Bingham Cup, the biennial Global non-professional, gay rugby union tournament comes to Amsterdam, and the Wessex Wyverns will be representing the Hampshire RFU at the event!


 Wessex Wyverns

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