The New Zealand 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 over excited: 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.
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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.
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….
and here: http://uroskin.blogspot.com/2006/09/rugby-as-it-should-be-played.html
The naked rugby mid-winter match is a bit of a tradition down in Dunedin (nothing between it and Antarctica a bit further south) but it was certainly not played by the ABs and the Boks. Instead it’s a student tradition: http://uroskin.blogspot.com/2004/06/real-men-play-rugby-au-naturel-theres.html