Nobody booed, and the players were nude?

September 15, 2011

Okay, Blog Guy, it’s been two weeks since you wrote about any stupid sports. You must have something by now.

I sure do. Let’s turn our attention to rugby.

Hey, rugby may be foreign, but it’s not stupid!

It is when you play it naked, like the Nude Blacks of New Zealand.

Naked rugby! Who do they play against?

Last weekend they played a female Spanish team. The women wore clothes, as you can see here, and they played before a crowd of 1,500 people.

Yikes! That does sound really stupid. I’m curious, how many news photos of something as insane as that would you send out?

I stopped counting at 30. All of them were pretty carefully framed, so as not to reveal the….no, I’m going to resist the temptation to use the very obvious sports puns you’re expecting.

Good for you, Blog Guy. So why do you think they came up with Naked Rugby, anyway?

Are you kidding? Times are tough! Think how much they save on uniforms, dry cleaning…

Were there any behavior problems at the game?

Oh, just the perennial New Zealand sports problem of a streaker. This one was fully clothed.

So. Naked Rugby. I’ll bet the players must find that exciting, huh?

Lord, I hope not!

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Top: A naked rugby player from the Nude Blacks tries to stop a player from the Spanish team Las Conquistadoras (The Conquerors), before the Rugby World Cup match between England and Argentina, in Dunedin September 10, 2011. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

Left: A naked rugby player from  the Nude Blacks (L) is tackled by a Spanish player from Las Conquistadoras during their match. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Bottom right: A player from the Spanish team Las Conquistadoras argues with naked rugby players from the Nude Blacks team during their match REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

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I think it’s time for an OE Gals road trip. Fuel up the Wineabago! We need to check out this story in person. And if we happen to (accidently) pinch a rugby player on the bum…well, the tattoo says GRAB A SEAT (not that I was looking that close or anything) :P

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

No salmon bars necessary for men’s bare backsides? It’s a good day on the Oddly Enough blog, indeed.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

I humbly offer a haiku:

Naked rugby game
How it’s done in New Zealand
I’m going. Who’s in?

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

So this is the Kiwi version of Shirts vs. Skins? Lovely to see how things are done down under.

Posted by FriscoJohn | Report as abusive

Strip Rugby anyone? ;-)

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

The woman in the first photo certainly has a good fend going.
Anyway as a former resident of the Shaky Isles (as Australians soemtimes call NZ), nude events are far more common than here in the Northern Hemisphere. For example there is a annual Boobs on Bikes rally in NZ, which confuses the politicians who think this is an event just for them.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

A metaphor in a recent Order from a Kentucky court: “…more confused than a hungry baby in a topless bar….”

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

So .. the Nude Blacks .. they all have Tramp Stamps? or are those tattoos for identification purposes? Because, otherwise … it could be difficult telling one player from another … unless, of course, the referee was female and nude … she could probably, then, make identification form either side. You know. In case of penalty.

Posted by lceel | Report as abusive

Damn UK, give me something like this will ya? :@

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Um, ah, er…. Nope. Can’t fathom the concept. All it takes is an accidental knee or elbow into everything that is swinging in the breeze, and game over. Why would they do such a thing????

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

@Dave – Same reason they play rugby in the first place…

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

think the guy in the first photo quite happily missed his attempt to grab the ball..also the second picture is the blonde woman gorping in amazment or barking orders???

Posted by antb | Report as abusive

@Dave – to answer your question, check who they are playing in photos one and two above. Where else could a naked man publicly embrace a woman he doesn’t know, without the probability of being tasered?

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

Sans captions this blog contains 212 words and a picture showing one hottie (at least from behind) in pink shorts. These doughnuts are super effective.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

@BG: Thanks BG. I wouldn’t have cared how many words you used!

Wineabago Trip to NZ or Krasnoyarsk? NZ has some nice scenery…

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Hmmmm…wonder if the Nude Blacks make road trips for “away games.” The Forth of July Bash is gone, but our annual Fall Bonfire is coming up. It gives a whole new meaning to the term “exhibition game….” Toasted buns, anyone?

Posted by Moonshine | Report as abusive

Damn, Moonshine! Exhibition game! Why didn’t I think of that? Lust seems to bring out the brilliance in you….

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Ah, yes…Motivation is a wonderful thing.

Posted by Moonshine | Report as abusive

I see Mr.Fab Butts.. I like i like I like!
Aaaaaaaaaaoooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Who was the weener of this match?

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

Hang on a minute, ladies.
We get
- George Clooney: http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 11/09/14/coming-soon-the-sound-of-stupid  /
- Anderson Cooper: http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 11/09/15/i-think-they-all-come-from-coop erstown/
- Naked backsides of athletic rugby players

Don’t fall for it! It’s a trick! Blog Guy is buttering us up for something. He might even be wearing a white hat.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Get a grip! Join the OE Blog Network.

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

=-=. how ccan they do that~

Posted by magician8330 | Report as abusive

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