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Women’s rugby team Carlisle Cougars strips for naked calendar

Knocks off! Women’s rugby team goes all out for nude photo shoot to raise money for their club after finances were decimated by lockdown

  • Carlisle Cougars posed for a topless lineout, a bottomless huddle and performed drills for a naked calendar
  • Vice Captain Hannah Farrell said the experience was ‘nervous’ but they were happier without gear
  • 14 local businesses played a supporting role, helping to fund a photographer and printing

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A women’s rugby team has stripped to a naked calendar to raise money for the club after its finances were decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Carlisle Cougars posed for a topless lineout, bottomless huddle and performed drills wearing nothing but their socks in a series of daring snaps.

Vice captain Hannah Farrell, 26, said the experience was “nervous,” but once they got going, the players were happier without their gear.

A women's rugby team has stripped to a naked calendar to raise money for the club after its finances were decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Pictured are the Carlisle Cougars

A women’s rugby team has stripped to a naked calendar to raise money for the club after its finances were decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Pictured are the Carlisle Cougars

The Carlisle Cougars posed for a topless lineout, bottomless huddle and performed drills wearing nothing but their socks in a series of daring snaps.

The Carlisle Cougars posed for a topless lineout, bottomless huddle and performed drills wearing nothing but their socks in a series of daring snaps.

The Carlisle Cougars posed for a topless lineout, bottomless huddle and performed drills wearing nothing but their socks in a series of daring snaps.

“Honestly, we’ve joked about making a bare calendar for years, but it never got around to it.

“We always thought it would be such a laugh, and a great way to raise money for the club, promote women’s rugby and celebrate our strong bodies,” she explained.

“After Covid the club was closed for a long time so we thought now was the time to do it, raise money for the club and encourage women to try rugby.

‘We are very relaxed every week in the changing rooms, but we were all quite nervous during the photo shoot!

Vice captain Hannah Farrell, 26, said the experience was “nervous,” but once they got going, the players were happier without their gear. The tram is depicted performing exercises

Bare bottom fun!  The women's rugby team has traded drop goals for shorts and stripped down for a luscious calendar to promote the sport

Bare bottom fun!  The women's rugby team has traded drop goals for shorts and stripped down for a luscious calendar to promote the sport

Bare bottom fun! The women’s rugby team has traded drop goals for shorts and stripped down for a luscious calendar to promote the sport

All naked!  The team said they were happy to undress and had fun shooting the calendar

All naked!  The team said they were happy to undress and had fun shooting the calendar

All naked! The team said they were happy to undress and had fun shooting the calendar

“But after the first picture was taken, we relaxed quickly.

‘We also had some prosecco flowing for a bit of Dutch courage! By the end of the shoot, you couldn’t get our clothes back! We all felt so strong, strong and confident.”

14 local businesses played a supporting role, helping to fund a photographer and printing. The money generated by the calendar will be reinvested in the rugby union, but that’s just a bonus point for Hannah.

She said: ‘Our aim was to show other women that anyone can play rugby, regardless of shape, size or experience.

High five!  The team gives a high-five wearing no shorts while posing for the naked calendar

High five!  The team gives a high-five wearing no shorts while posing for the naked calendar

High five! The team gives a high-five wearing no shorts while posing for the naked calendar

Up and away!  The team traded drop targets for drop shorts because of a storm today

Up and away!  The team traded drop targets for drop shorts because of a storm today

Up and away! The team traded drop targets for drop shorts because of a storm today

“There’s always a place on a rugby team for you, whether you can run five meters or 500 metres. We accept and welcome players regardless of their rugby experience.

“Our players range from 18 to 40 years old, some are mothers, sisters, wives and aunts.

“We have players from students to teams, and we understand and accept everyone’s circumstances.

‘Women have a lot on their plate – family and work – so rugby is a space to have to yourself and relieve any tension, while also getting fit!’

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