Ponsonby-based gay and inclusive rugby team the NZ Falcons has competed in the annual Purchas Cup - the Bledisloe of gay rugby.
Club President Ben Payne said it was a fantastic achievement.
"They played with a huge amount of heart in a competition that is generally a significant step up from our winter season.
"While we came third, the Purchas Cup competition is more than just the results. The ability to get to Melbourne and the collegiality of the tournament is a special thing to be able to share with my rugby family, and is certainly a highlight of our annual calendar. Bring on next year!"
Next June the Falcons are aiming to compete at the Gay Rugby World Cup, known as the Bingham Cup, in Amsterdam.
The club is hosting a special fundraising movie night on October 20 at the ASB Cube on 12 Jellicoe Street in aid of the Falcons and GLBT+ charity Rainbow Youth. (ALAN GRAVILLE)