(NSFW) Oxford Women’s Rugby Gives Jack Wills An Eyeful
OUWRFC Charity Calendar Features Players In Their Socks, Cleats
In yet another case of “Whatever boys can do, girls can do better”, the Oxford University Women’s Rugby Football Club (OUWRFC) have followed the men’s lead and posed for their own naked calendar, raising money for Mind Your Head, Oxford’s mental health campaign.
The team’s taut, athletic bodies weren’t the only things getting a lot of exposure in this calendar, as apparent team sponsors Jack Wills and Ernst & Young also figure prominently.
Besides raising money for charity, the images serve as a friendly reminder to fans that in addition to being brilliant, athletic women with beautiful faces, they also look great naked.
Tatiana Cutts, 25, who tackles teammate Danielle Yardy, 23, by the river in the September photograph, said it was ‘mostly hilarious, really very cold, and absolutely worth it for such a good cause’.
The law PhD student at Keble College, who lectures undergraduates part time and is the club captain, said: ‘It was a bit nerve-racking at first but after a minute it was good fun and great for team bonding.
‘We were lucky it was a sunny day, but I was still absolutely freezing in the picture. We ended up in the river twice, it was utterly miserable.’
Miss Cutts, who is from Tavistock, Devon, and went to Devonport High School for Girls, dismissed the idea that the calendar is distasteful. ‘What we’re doing is celebrating strong women,’ she said. ‘These girls are athletics, these are their body shapes, and they should be celebrated.’
Club President Elizabeth Bubois, from Dartmouth, Canada, discussed the inclusiveness of playing rugby.
‘Playing rugby is certainly an opportunity to build skill and physical strength, but it is also a chance to release stress, form a social support structure, and feel welcomed.
‘With this calendar the club hopes to highlight the inclusiveness of women’s rugby.
‘When you play women’s rugby people have a stereotypical image of you and we wanted to confront that. We have girls of all shapes and sizes, and studying all types of academic subject.’
Here’s their Kumbayah moment in the huddle…
So if you want to support mental health or REALLY need a new calendar because you want to know…you know…dates and stuff then you can order one here. (No word if they’ve worked out international shipping or anything…but it’s OXFORD. They’re smart. They’ll figure it out.)
Perhaps Jack Wills’ Newport store will carry it…
If you’re interested in playing rugby in Newport, contact Newport Rugby! If you’re a Salve student, check out the Salve Regina University Men’s Rugby Club(2012 NSCRO NATIONAL CHAMPIONS) and Salve Regina University Women’s Rugby Club.
-Tristan Pinnock, Buzz Sports Correspondent