The Sydney Convicts beat the San Francisco Fog 22-5 to be crowned winners of the 2012 Bingham Cup.
Gay and inclusive rugby teams from 12 countries across the globe competed in what is the world championship of gay rugby teams.
Alex Smith, chair of the Manchester 2012 Bingham Cup organising committee, was proud of the success of this year’s tournament.
“The Bingham Cup is all about one thing: proving that anyone, regardless of background, can grab a ball and run out onto a rugby pitch,” he said.
This year’s tournament was the games’ sixth incarnation and the largest yet with more than 1300 players and supporters attending.
“The Manchester tournament achieved this in spades as we welcomed more players than any other Bingham Cup including teams from Lisbon in Portugal, Stockholm, Melbourne and Nashville, USA.”
The tournament, sponsored by the Rugby Football Union, is one of the largest men’s 15-a-side rugby union events in the sporting calendar outside of the World Cup.
Named in honour of Mark Bingham – a gay rugby player who tragically died on United Flight 93 in September 11 – the biennial tournament sees teams from cities rather than countries take part.
The Bingham Cup started in 2002 in San Francisco. Previous host cities include Dublin, London, New York and Minneapolis. A decision on the 2014 host city has yet to be announced.
Manchester and the North West were represented in the tournament by the Village Spartans who finished sixth out of the 37 teams.