Get Involved

Become a player

We are always looking for new players at the Falcons. It doesn’t matter if you’re a spring chicken or an old fox, or whether you’ve never picked up a ball or are going to be the next All Black, we want you to join us!

We train over the rugby season (mid March to September) at 6.30pm on Wednesday nights on Field 3 at Cox’s Bay Park, so feel free to drop in. Or alternatively if you just want more information visit our Facebook page or contact us

Become a supporter

If you don’t feel like playing, but you still want to get involved, we are always looking for supporters and volunteers to join us on match day! Our fans, friends, and volunteers are what keeps this organisation ticking over, so if you want to be part of a unique and fun loving team please join our supporters group on Facebook


FAQs

Do I have to be gay to play?

No! The Falcons is a gay and inclusive team. As long as you’re willing to train hard, play hard, and believe in the team values, you’re welcome to come along!

Do I need to be experienced?

No! One of our major goals is to help develop players that are new to rugby in an environment where they can be themselves and are encouraged. We have players that have been in the game for decades and others that have been in the game for weeks.

How fit do I have to be?

Rugby is a physically and mentally challenging game, but one of the great things is that you get fit while you learn. Don’t worry if you feel you’re not fit enough yet – you’ll get in shape quick smart!

Is it too late to join?

No! Please just contact us or swing by training on Wednesday night at Cox’s Bay Reserve from 6.30pm to join in the fun.

Where are the Falcons based?

We are incredibly proud and grateful to be affiliated with the Ponsonby Rugby Club in Auckland. Our home ground (where we train and have our home games) is at the beautiful Cox’s Bay Reserve in Grey Lynn, and our after match functions take place at the Ponsonby Rugby Clubrooms at Western Springs.

What grade do the Falcons play in?

At present we are playing in the Auckland Presidents/Social grade. We are looking to move into a higher grade in the coming years, but we have found the experience in this grade to be incredibly enjoyable, and helpful in developing players who are new to the game.

Are there any tournaments the Falcons enter?

Yes, absolutely! Each year we play in the Purchas Cup which is kind of like the Bledisloe Cup of gay and inclusive rugby. The Falcons compete in this annual trans-Tasman event against three wonderful Australian clubs – the Sydney Convicts, the Brisbane Hustlers, and the Melbourne Chargers. The Falcons won the Cup in 2015 and will compete in Melbourne in 2017.

Every two years there is also the Bingham Cup, which is widely referred to as the Gay Rugby World Cup. The Falcons entered their first Bingham Cup in Sydney, in 2014 and managed to come away with the Bingham Bowl. While we were not able to make this 2016 tournament in Nashville, we are currently planning on entering the 2018 tournament which will be in Amsterdam.

Can Women Play?

As it stands the team has to follow the national and local rules which say that rugby teams must be separated by gender. We unfortunately do not have a women’s team at present, however we would love to have one in the future. If you think you can help in this regard please get in touch!


Where to find us

Ponsonby rugby football club

Cox’s Bay training ground