Players of Sheffield Vulcans RUFC stripped off on Saturday 14th April to take part in a naked photo shoot to raise awareness about testicular cancer and inclusive rugby.
Sheffield Vulcans are one of six rugby teams across the UK that will be included in The Naked Rugby Players Calendar 2019. Later in the year, the calendar will be available to purchase and the money will go to supporting the inclusive rugby clubs involved and ‘Balls to Cancer’, a charity aiming to increase awareness and provide information for men to check themselves for symptoms of testicluar cancer.
During a shoot lasting around four hours, nine players of Sheffield Vulcans were brave enough to bare all for a series of photos inspired by renaissance art. Scenes such as ‘the creation of Adam’ take on a new tone as the players appear in the nude and incorporate rugby balls and equipment.
Craig, a Vulcans Prop, said “It was quite nerve-wracking at the start but later on felt kind of liberating and definitely a good team bonding experience! There’s kind of not much to feel awkward about with a group of people when you’ve just been stood naked with them”
Sheffield Vulcans RUFC give thanks to Sheffield Hallamshire RUFC for offering the use of their clubhouse for the photoshoot and we look forward to visiting your ground in Crookes again soon!
Photographer Monty McKinnen said, “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.”
The Naked Rugby Players Calendar is published by Diverse Publishing Ltd. For more information visit www.thenakedrugbyplayers.com
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
Sheffield Vulcans will be making their way down to Swansea at the end of April for their first game against Swansea Vikings.
Saturday 28th April will see the Vulcans, formed in August 2017, travel to play the Vikings at their home base.
Sheffield Vulcans who have already confirmed their appearances are: Patrick Hignell, Scott Mackay, Simon Green, Craig Waterhouse, Michael Hudson and Ash Martin with more to announce shortly.
Watch this space for more news about location, time, and how you can show your support for Inclusive Gay Rugby whether you are able to come and watch or not.
Don’t forget to follow Sheffield Vulcans on social media @SheffVulcans / #SheffVulcans
Date: Saturday 27th January 2018
Location: Manchester Enterprise Academy
The Sheffield Vulcans took to the pitch against the Chester Centurions on Saturday a for superb 80 minutes between the two new clubs. Since launching in August 2017, this was the second Inclusive Gay Rugby match for the team and several Vulcans took to the pitch for the first time.
The game wall full of energy from start to finish and right from the off saw some amazing contact and communication from players on both sides. Sheffield Vulcans took an early lead with a try from Patrick Hignell who continued to shine with his tackling throughout the game.
Other Vulcan tries were scored by Scott Mackay, Michael Hudson, Julio Jimenez , Rex Li, and Jack Semmence. Centurions kept the Vulcans on their toes by scoring 3 tries themselves. Speed was the Vulcans’ weapon of choice and the game showcased the hard work of both teams on passing, scrums, tackles and more.
After a few failed conversions, Michael Hudson hit his stride as a first time kicker and converted 4 tries, taking the final score to 68-15 to the Sheffield Vulcans.
Both teams freshened up and retired to the Sale Rugby Club where they relaxed with some food and a well earned pint and got to know each other better. Joined by some of the Manchester Spartans and some of the Northampton Outlaws, the IGR family grew even stronger.
Sheffield Vulcans Man of the Match was shared by Jack Semmence for his full length pitch runs and Scott Mackay for his battering ram like tackles.
Huge thank you to all those who came to support both teams and a big pat on the back for all the players. A fantastic game for two fledgling teams!
Sheffield has recently created its first gay and inclusive rugby union club, the Sheffield Vulcans.
Established late this summer, the club exists to enable players, regardless of gender, sexuality or rugby ability to learn and enjoy playing rugby in a welcoming environment with zero tolerance to homophobia and bigotry.
The brand-new club will become the 13th active, inclusive rugby club in England and part of the LGBT sporting body known as International Gay Rugby (IGR) which has over 90 member rugby clubs worldwide.
Dean Bee, founder of the new club and England Representative for IGR has recently been working hard with England Rugby (The RFU) to stimulate the creation of new gay and inclusive rugby teams across the country as part of a “Spirit of 2012” initiative with the ambition of increasing the participation of 16 – 24 year olds in sports. Dean was also part of an IGR promotional team who attended Sheffield Pride to raise awareness of rugby and encourage the LGBT community to “Fear Less. Give Rugby A Try.”
Just five weeks on since the first training session, the Vulcans already have 15 regular members of all abilities – many of whom never picked up a rugby ball before.
With so much enthusiasm and energy within the newly formed team, the ambition is to enable these pioneering Sheffield Vulcan players to play their first ever match against another newly created Rugby Union club before Christmas.
The team is also looking for sponsors to help fund a kit and help cover the costs of coaching and hiring training facilities so that they can continue to train over the winter under floodlights – rather than in Endcliffe Park in the dark.
Sheffield Vulcans RUFC has been established directly as a result of the IGR (England) Summer Pride Tour, made possible through the kind support of The RFU and Spirit Of Rugby.