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