TEAM’S NEW STRIP

Rugby team bare all again in drive for body con­fi­dence

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - KATIE GUPWELL Re­porter katieann.gupwell@waleson­line.co.uk

A FE­MALE rugby team are get­ting their kit off to show that women of all shapes and sizes are beau­ti­ful and can play the sport.

It marks the sec­ond year that Cardiff Univer­sity Women’s Rugby Club have bared all for a cheeky cal­en­dar – but it’s all in aid of a good cause.

Around 15 play­ers took part in the photo shoot to raise money for Cop­paFeel – a breast can­cer char­ity that aims to make young peo­ple more aware of the dis­ease.

But even though the play­ers wanted to do their bit for the char­ity, they also wanted to show that it’s OK for women to be to­tally them­selves in front of a cam­era.

So much so that they in­sisted on no air­brush­ing.

The team’s so­cial sec­re­tary, Rosie Fo­ley, said it was im­por­tant for them to show that women should be con­fi­dent in their own skin.

Rosie, 19, said: “We wanted the pho­to­graphs to be as real as pos­si­ble and to show real women, so there was no air brush­ing.

“A few of the girls were quite ner­vous about it at first but they got more con­fi­dent as it went on.

“I think some of the girls strug­gled with the con­cept of body image be­fore this so it re­ally helped them.”

Even though it may have been a chal­lenge for the new stu­dents at first, Rosie said they all started to em­brace the ex­pe­ri­ence around 20 min­utes into the shoot.

The cal­en­dar fea­tures pic­tures of them do­ing line-outs, im­i­tat­ing kicks and get­ting changed in the dress­ing rooms.

Rosie said the team also had to fight the cold weather as the pic­tures were only taken about two weeks ago.

“It was quite chilly and the pic­tures were taken first thing in the morn­ing.

“The ground was also o quite muddy on the day of f the shoot so the pic­tures s are quite re­al­is­tic – but luck­ily it didn’t rain.”

The play­ers, who are all aged be­tween 18 and 21, used rugby balls to cover up some parts of their bod­ies.

Rosie said she’s “very proud” of them for get­ting in­volved in the h cam­paign.

She said the cal­en­dar also high­lights that any woman can play rugby as those in­volved are of all shapes and sizes.

Last year’s cal­en­dar raised around £500 for Cop­paFeel l and d the h team h hope to raise the same amount – if not more – from this year’s ver­sion.

The cal­en­dars cost £7 and can be bought from the team’s web­site: w w w . c a r d i f f s t u d e n t s . c o m/ ac­tiv­i­ties/sport/ladies­rugby

Cardiff Univer­sity Ladies Rugby Club pose for the new cal­en­dar

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