Q com­mu­nity: NAKED RUGBY BOYS

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There’s a brand new set of balls in play. Six LGBT rugby clubs around Bri­tain got stark­ers ear­lier this year to raise aware­ness for both in­clu­sive rugby and the im­por­tance for guys to check their tackle for lumps and bumps, in part­ner­ship with the Balls To Can­cer char­ity.

From Ed­in­burgh to Lon­don, Swansea to Manch­ester, Northamp­ton to New­cas­tle, the teams braved the cold, the driv­ing rain (and the rare oc­ca­sion of sun­shine) to bare all on the pitch, locker rooms and showers. Money raised from the sales of cal­en­dars help sup­port the clubs in­volved and the Balls To Can­cer char­ity.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Monty McKin­nen said, “Turn­ing up to each club was a chal­lenge as we didn’t know who the play­ers would be, or how com­fort­able they’d be when we asked them to strip and get up close to pose with each other. It turned out in the end they didn’t need much en­cour­age­ment to der­obe. In fact at one club we turned around to find them all stood there naked on the pitch be­fore I’d even got the cam­era out!

“I have so much ad­mi­ra­tion for these guys who bared all for char­ity. 200,000 men are di­ag­nosed with can­cer ev­ery year. 80,000 of those will die from their can­cer. It’s time we got to grips and get a hand on the sit­u­a­tion. I hope this cal­en­dar em­pow­ers guys to check their pack­ages more of­ten and to feel com­fort­able talk­ing about male can­cers.”

One in two men will suf­fer can­cer in the UK dur­ing their life­times. Can­cers which are de­tected early, such as tes­tic­u­lar can­cer, are beat­able - but only if the mes­sage gets through that men should check their equip­ment reg­u­larly, which is why the Cal­en­dar features a cheeky monthly re­minder.

In to­tal 52 guys of all shapes and sizes got com­pletely naked for the cal­en­dar, which the or­gan­is­ers hope will bring much needed at­ten­tion to tes­tic­u­lar can­cer and the im­por­tance of LGBT+ in­clu­sive sports in the UK.

The Naked Rugby Play­ers 2018 Teams Fea­tured:

Ed­in­burgh The­bans Lon­don Kings Cross Steel­ers Manch­ester Vil­lage Spar­tans New­cas­tle Ravens Northamp­ton Out­laws Swansea Vik­ings

Stay in touch with the guys on So­cial Me­dia:

Twit­ter: @NakedRugby In­sta­gram: thenake­drug­by­play­ers Face­book: @TheNkdRug­byPlay­ers

The Naked Rugby Play­ers Cal­en­dar 2018 - RRP £13.99

Pub­lished by Di­verse Pub­lish­ing Ltd, this is the first Cal­en­dar for The Naked Rugby Play­ers. Avail­able from Ama­zon, TheNakedRug­byPlayes.com and TheGayShop.co.uk

Balls To Can­cer

Balls To Can­cer is a reg­is­tered char­ity in the UK. Set up in 2011, Balls To Can­cer sup­ports suf­fer­ers and fam­i­lies deal­ing with can­cer as well pro­mot­ing aware­ness of can­cer.

More in­for­ma­tion can be found on their web­site at - www.ball­sto­cancer.co.uk

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