Naked Rugger Buggers Buggering About

The New Zeeland and South African Rugby teams made the news this week with their nude rugby match on St Kilda beach.

(UPDATE: In fact, the NY Daily News story cited here appears to have got a little over­ex­cited: the play­ers were NOT from the All Blacks and the Boks but local ama­teur play­ers tak­ing part in a mid-winter naked rugby tra­di­tion that has gone on for years — see Uroskin’s com­ment below and on his blog.)

Held before their offi­cial match, and sponsored by ‘Bottom Bus’ (a local tour agency, allegedly), it looks at first glance like a real­isa­tion of the spor­no­graphic fantasy of those Dieux Du Stade cal­en­dars and those ‘Paris: City of Love posters’ with snog­ging rugby play­ers advert­ising the Rugby World Cup last year. And per­haps in a way it is.

But the naughty slo­gans scrawled on their bod­ies and the gen­eral may­hem seems to have more of the trade­mark, old-style rug­ger bug­ger haz­ing humour. Porn and DDS (and UFC) by con­trast, are a very ser­i­ous business.

This seems more like a genu­ine, beery, blokey laugh.

Nice arses, though.

5 thoughts on “Naked Rugger Buggers Buggering About”

  1. Dear Mark,
    Did you man­age to get a copy of Johnny Jarvis with Mark Farmer, He was hot in the early 1980s this show is sig­ni­fic­ant to my gen­er­a­tion. It is very rare and sells on for 10 quid try and see it, it takes you back to that era. Mark also, can you tell me your views on clubs like the Fort which are boots only sex clubs.

  2. I bet if rugby was played like that, broad­cast right costs would be through the roof, as would rat­ings!
    I loved the Torygraph art­icle you linked to, I didn’t know they would run an art­icle like that with such humor­ous tone.

  3. Thanks for point­ing that out, Hans! I’m sure I must have seen your naked rugby post a couple of years ago — unfor­give­able of me to for­get some­thing so unfor­get­table. Interesting though that the media now gives this tra­di­tion so much cov­er­age — and upgrades it to national sides. What had been a low-key ama­teur beery blokey rug­ger bug­ger tra­di­tion in NZ has been turned into prime-time pro-sporno by the global media.

    Seems like the media shares your dream of the day when all rugby is played like this.…

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