Rugby Girls Cause A Right Old Ruck In Sexy Shots

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It features a line-up of buxom ladies,but it's a change from the usual glamour calendar,and quite what Playboy boss Hugh Hefner would make of it is hard to say.

It's been published as a Millennium Calendar by the women's rugby club of Newbury in Berkshire,and a quick flick through the twelve shots reveal that these girls are true believers in power play.

Some of their mighty muscles and meaty thighs would have the new-look Madonna green with envy.

But the first fifteen are hoping their candid nude and semi-nude poses will send pulses racing when the calendar goes on sale for charity across "green welly and Barbours" West Berkshire next week.

The glamour might owe more to beefcake,honest perspiration,circuit training,bench lifts and muddy scrum downs than hours spent applying mascara and mud packs in front of mirrors.

The photos show the team with little more than tactically-positioned kitbags and tackle pads to hide their blushes.

There is something for everyone in the calendar,from the meaty prop forwards and the hooker,to the small and flighty wing threequarters.

The girls have posed for the shots to try and raise money for locally-based women's charities.

Team spokeswoman and number eight back row forward Bryony Clow,who appears in the December shot,said today "We are really pleased with how they have come out.

"I could not believe how keen the girls were when it was suggested and I was quite shocked how far some of them would go."

In one sultry shot,the team's slimline winger is lying naked on her front on a tackle bag.

In others,the larger than life members of the pack use rugby balls and carefully-placed arms to hide their naughty bits.

"About fifteen girls took part,and we had a really great time doing it" said Bryony.

"I am sure they will sell well as we have already had a lot of interest from the men at the club."

The 5 Millennium Calendar is set to go on sale next week.

Flying winger Annaleis,28,who is Miss October and also appears on the calendar's front cover said today "I think the calendars are great.

"We had the idea about five months ago and have just got round to putting it all together.

"We did all the photos in one session lasting three hours at a local studio and had a great laugh.

"The girls were asked to choose their own poses,as long as they weren't too steamy.

"The point of it is to show our feminine side and to prove to the men especially that not all rugby-playing women and big,fat and aggressive.

"Admittedly some of our girls are on the big side but I think the shots show them in a feminine light."

Annaleis,who took up rugger after competing in the Channel Five show Fort Bouyard last year,said they had not had a bad word from anyone who had already seen it.

"A lot of the girls are married and some have kids and all the families have said how good we all look."

The girls ran off 1,500 copies of the calendar,but early indications suggest they may need to do a second run.

"The interest has been amazing and we may have to think about doing another one next year."

The Girls Are:

March - Fiona,aged 23,trainee PE teacher

April - Hannah,18,student and Rosie,18,student

May - Necia,27,swimming instructor

June - Faye,23,internal sales administrator

July - Charlie,27,call centre team manager

August - Ronnie,26,national administrator,UK Women's Rugby and

Claire,24,credit controller

September - Hannah,18,student

October and Cover Girl - Annaleis,28,IT consultant

November - Sue,32,vet

December - Emma,18,student

January 2000 - Nadine,28,optician

February 2000 - Bryony Clow,23,Vodafone assistant press officer

Fly half Faye,who works in the town,said "This is certainly the first time most of the girls have done anything like this.

"A huge range of people play rugby and we are not all the same.I think the pictures in the calendar show that perfectly.

"I went for the pose I did because it incorporates rugby and femininity,as I think they all do.

"It is very tongue-in-cheek but we must remember that half the 5 fee is going to a local charity for women."

She said the printing and photos were done free of charge by two local firms and thanked them on behalf of the team.