The idea of female athletes posing nude for a fund raising calendar is nothing new. In fact, it’s old hat by now . . . assuming anyone was wearing hats. This time though, we have some young female rugby players (yes, the ladies play rugby) from New Zealand’s Old Boys University (classy name, right?) who wanted to draw more attention to their sport. The most interesting part of the story appears to be how they had the pictures taken. No, not in some cold locked studio or inside the confines of a guarded stadium. No, it appears that the members of the OBU team went to a popular local cricket club, stripped off their “kits” and started taking pictures . . . and drawing a crowd of interested onlookers who suddenly found women’s rugby interesting. Can you imagine?
Here’s more on the story from TVZN:
When the Old Boys University women’s rugby team stripped for a nude calendar shoot at Wellington’s Basin Reserve on a Sunday morning, they drew their biggest crowd of the year. Those venturing through the famous cricket ground were stopped in their tracks by a pack of naked flesh, as the team crouched, paused and engaged in a risque photo shoot.
With All Blacks Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu and Alama Ieremia among the sponsors, the calendar was intended to attract women to play rugby, by highlighting its feminine side, Miss March Bekki Abernethy said. She said her side struggles to attract numbers every season, as female rugby players were often branded as masculine and unfeminine, which discouraged many women from taking it up.
“Our calendar rails against this myth,” Abernethy said. “I’m blonde, I’m not exactly a big rugby player. I’m a girl doing her thing, we’re all normal girls, that’s what we were trying to portray.”
Oh, and you can buy a copy for yourself here. (Slighty NSFW images)