Rugby players' new strip is purely for the camera

Team happy to bare all for 'good of the club'

MARY WITSEY
Last updated 05:00 13/05/2014
Midlands rugby club
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TOOL BELT TIME: Midlands rugby club players Chris Kenning, Matthew Price, Ben McHugh and Blake Fairbairn give Ben Brown a lift during one of the photo shoots for the club’s fundraising nude calendar which will go on sale from May 24. 

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Midlands rugby players have bared it all for their club in the hope of generating much-needed fund-raising dollars.

In a first for the Central Southland club, players from its premier and division two teams agreed to strip off for a good cause. Funds from the Midlands Nude Calendar, to be launched on May 24, will go towards sporting equipment, especially for the club's juniors players.

The calendar has created quite a stir, but the players involved are happy with the result.

Ex-Southland Boys' High First XV captain and new Midlands premier division player Jordan Stewart was photographed with his twin brother Sam for the month of January, and said he was initially a bit nervous about being involved.

"But it's going to a good cause to help the younger members of the club, so it's worth it ... even though it was kind of good to get it out of the way."

Sam agreed. "We were a bit nervous about it, but we're happy to be a part of something that's going to be good for the club."

Midlands division two co-captain Tyler Johnston, who is the February model, also admitted to some reservations at the start, but suggested the women behind the camera were more nervous than the rugby players in front of it.

The project was co-ordinated by club committee member Britney Johnston and the shots were taken by Central Southland photographer Megan Graham, who said although the players were nude it was a discreet publication.

"We wanted it to be tasteful ... so that even the boys' grandmas could buy one and not be offended. I wanted it to be artistically compiled and I think we've achieved that."

Two thousands calendars had been printed, and if all of them sold they would raise $40,000 for the club, Johnston said.

"The club needs this funding. We've got really good numbers of juniors coming through this year, so we need more gear."

Calendars are available from The Local and Paper Plus in Winton.

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