Tag Archives: Rugby

Invictus — Smells Like Team Sporno

  This bom­bastic ad for Paco Rabanne’s new fra­grance for men ‘Invictus’, released this Summer, stars Aussie rug­ger bug­ger Nick Youngquest, his muscles, his tatts, his beard, and most of all his obliques. (They’re the diag­onal lines above those track pants with the really worn waist elastic — point­ing to his, ahem, price­less pack­age.) The […]

Really Rucking Funny: Best Manlove Video of 2011 (SFW)

This clip by Irish com­edy out­fit Dead Cat Bounce called ‘Rugby’ has to be my favour­ite video of 2011. Even if it strongly sug­gests that, in Ireland at least, my work here is done and it’s well past time to retire to the touch-lines. There’s much to admire here: the light­ness of touch, the hilarious […]

Traditional Masculinity Has a Stroke: ‘Burly Rugby Player’ To ‘Gay Hairdresser’

  My friend Michelle, formerly the male strip­per known as ‘Stud-U-Like’, aler­ted me to this ‘freaky’ tale of trans­form­a­tion repor­ted in this week’s Daily Mail: Burly rugby player has a stroke after freak gym acci­dent… wakes up gay and becomes a hairdresser  Chris Birch loses eight stone and trans­forms him­self from skin­head to ‘preened man’ […]

Touching Another Dude Dudely

I’m not sure I entirely believe the pre­amble from the overly dudey — if very easy on the eye — presenter and star of this ‘exper­i­ment’ in ‘touch­ing dudes softly’. Particularly the bit about ‘noth­ing makes me uncom­fort­able!’ But it is inter­est­ing to watch the responses of the men he decides to mon­ster with ‘inappropriate’ […]


Mark Simpson on how sport and porn got into bed — while D&G and Mr Armani took pic­tures.… (Out magazine, May 2006; expan­ded for The V&A’s ‘Fashion V Sport’ cata­logue, June 2008. Also col­lec­ted in ‘Metrosexy’) You might think that it was Italy’s greater ball skills, or stam­ina, or team spirit that won them the […]

Homoerotic Horseplay — Not Gay Just Guy

A column of mine on Out.com, ‘Men At Play in Afgrabistan’, gal­lantly defends the free­dom of the derided (and now dis­missed) secur­ity guards at the US embassy to get naked with one another and eat potato chips from each other’s butts in their spare time — even if they’re out of shape.  I also point […]

Tim ‘No Acorn’ Oakes

I seem to have some­how missed the not entirely shock­ing news that Tim ‘No Acorn’ Oakes of Sandbach RUFC, the spunky rugger-bugger cap­tain who was so keen to show off his impress­ive semi-tackle on national tele­vi­sion — and very kindly let his team mates play with it — has since gone the whole hog and […]

Sporno on Steroids

Now that’s what I call push­ing back. Taking the sporno trend to parts it hasn’t yet reached — and what parts! — while spread­ing the fam­ous French ‘pro’ tarti­ness of the Dieux du Stade cal­en­dars to these shores, the latest ad cam­paign for Powerade’s ‘InnerGear’ iso­tonic sports drink fea­tures sev­eral UK pro rug­ger bug­gers in the […]

Rugger Buggers & Swinging Dicks

In the Middle Ages, sod­omy was thought to be caused not by hair whorls, but by drunke­ness. As this spor­no­graphic clip shows, they were abso­lutely right. The post-match beery bond­ing of the lovely lads of Sandbach RUFC — which, be warned, includes very male nud­ity, heavy pet­ting and male-on-male snog­ging — made me feel faint […]