Union Cup Dublin 2019

Union Cup is Europe’s biggest LGBT+ inclusive rugby tournament. The two-day festival of rugby will be held this June 7th-9th, at Dublin’s DCU with an expected 45 teams from 15 countries to participate, making it the biggest Union Cup to date.

Women’s Tournament

Union Cup Dublin will host a dedicated women’s tournament for the first time, with teams competing for the Union Cup Women’s Cup. As an inclusive tournament, Union Cup welcomes both IGR and non IGR teams teams and players for this inaugural tournament.

About Union Cup

Union Cup is a biennial LGBT+ inclusive rugby tournament. The aim is to make sporting accessible for LGBT individuals to promote health and wellbeing through physical activity. The inaugural Union Cup was hosted in 2005 and was a tournament between 7 teams. It has since grown to include over an anticipated 45 teams in 2019. Host team, Emerald Warriors, won the bid to host the tournament in 2017.





Tournament Fixtures

The tournament draw took place at 4.30pm GMT on the 30th May at Facebook HQ Dublin, click here for the results!

Men’s Tournament

We are delighted to invite teams from all over Europe to come and compete in Union Cup 2019. Union Cup will have 3 tiers with teams competing for The Union Cup 2019, The Union Plate 2019 and The Union Bowl 2019.


Women’s Tournament

For the first Union Cup ever we are delighted to invite womens’ teams to register to come and compete for The Women’s Union Cup 2019.

Dates & Schedule

The tournament will run from Friday the 7thto Sunday the 9thof June 2019.

Friday 7th June (Evening) Opening Ceremony – Registered teams from around Europe are welcomed ahead of two full days of competitive rugby union Players/Supporters Only
Saturday 8th June Tournament play takes place at Dublin City University (DCU) Sports Campus Open to public
Sunday 9th June Tournament play followed by awards ceremony at DCU Open to public
Sunday 9th June (Evening) Closing party takes place in Dublin City Centre

Kangaroo Court
Should teams wish to organise a venue for their kangaroo court please contact fayerooney@mercantilegroup.ie or helenkavanagh@mercantilegroup.ie with dates, times and requirements.


We are delighted to announce that Leinster Rugby Development Coaching will be running clinics at DCU on
  • Thursday 6th of June between 16:00 – 17:00
  • Friday 7th of June between 15:00 – 17:00
Skills and drills will centre around Front 5 Tactics (scrummaging), Back Line Tactics, Player Support Play, Tackling and Evasion. This is open to both players and coaches.
If you are interested in participating please contact registration@unioncupdublin.ie
We ask that each team to send a single list of participants and will be first come first serve.

Structure and Organisation

The Irish Rugby Football Union IRFU, our national Rugby Union, will support the Emerald Warriors with operational and officiating elements of the tournament.

This will ensure that the focus will be on game play of the highest quality and will deliver a professional approach.

International Gay Rugby

Union Cup Dublin 2019 is an IGR affiliated tournament. To find out more about their activities and other tournaments you can visit their site here.

Union Cup Dublin 2019 tournament venue is Dublin City University Sports Campus which is situated in the northside of Dublin city.

For the tournament play we will have four grass rugby pitches and one rugby grade all weather pitch all located together.

DCU Sports Campus is a short walk from the DCU student accommodation complex where we will be accommodated for the duration of the tournament.

Public Transport to DCU Sports Complex
We encourage all spectators to use public transport. The DCU Sports Campus is well serviced by Dublin Bus with a bus stop directly in front of the main entrance (stop 28) and serviced by buses 4,9,11,13, 70d and 155 from the city centre. Please download Dublin Bus app for more information.

Should you wish to drive, parking is available at the Helix Car Park (€4 all day rate) and then a short walk from DCU to the DCU Sports Campus.

We have reserved accommodation for 1,200 guests in Dublin City University Student accommodation residences at very competitive prices for the 7thto the 10thJune inclusive.

Apartment Style accommodation is located within a short walking distance of the tournament venue and will offer private, secure, single, double and twin en-suite rooms with shared living facilities.

Accommodation is available on a B&B basis. You will have the option to book evening meals in the campus restaurant.

On-Campus stores are also within a short walking distance.

Booking must be done directly with DCU accommodation and they request that you do group bookings for your team once you have registered to attend the tournament.

Accommodation can also be arranged with DCU for dates prior to and after the tournament for those wishing to extend their trip to Dublin.

We are working to get discounted deals with other accommodation providers in the city but recommend that you use the tournament accommodation as this is where the central hub for Union Cup 2019 will be, with the majority of the events happening here.

Accommodation will be assigned by DCU on a first come first served basis so we recommend that you reserve quickly.

DCU Accommodation rates are as follows

  • Single en suite B&B €60.00pp per night
  • Single shared facilities B&B €55.00pp per night
  • Double en suite B&B €50.00pp per night
  • Twin en suite B&B €50.00pp per night

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Host team, Emerald Warriors invites everyone in Ireland, not just the rugby community, to #TryWithPride and enjoy the family-friendly festival, as international teams battle it out on the pitch.

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 Registration for Union Cup Dublin 2019 is now CLOSED.


Please direct any questions you may have regarding your registration(s) and payment to info@unioncupdublin.ie

The registration categories, payment deadlines and registration fee per person of Union Cup Dublin 2019 are as follows:

Registration category Payment deadline Player registration fee p.p. Staff / Supporter registration fee p.p.
Early Bird 31st January 2019 €125 €110
Standard 28th February 2019 €145 €125
Late (Team) 18th May 2019 €165 €145
Late (Individuals) 18th May 2019 €165 €145
Women’s Tournament 18th May 2019 €75*

*For those who had previously registered for the Women’s Tournament at the higher rate, we will be refunding the difference directly

Tournament Rules

Please follow the link below for information on the Tournament Rules, Player Eligibility and Permission to Travel.

In most countries, rugby teams need permission from their home union before they go on tour. Please contact your home union for the correct procedure before travelling to Dublin in June 2019.


Come and be part of Union Cup Dublin 2019 as a volunteer!
We need volunteers to help us make this event one that is memorable for everyone involved.

  • As a volunteer you will be a valued member of the team and you will get to enjoy the excitement and fun from the inside.
  • Volunteers will be asked to give their time and expertise over the weekend of the 7th to the 10th of June.
  • If you are keen to get involved please contact info@unioncupdublin.ie and we will follow up with you to make sure we find a role that works for both you and the event


  • Tournament Location:
    Dublin City University
  • info@unioncupdublin.ie
  • +353 86 8391629