NUDE RUGBY - NUDE BLACKS
Who would have thought. Another crazy idea from Ralph Davies from Bottom Bus which has generated a huge amount of press and media world wide
Nude Blacks v Welsh Willies
Nude Rugby International
2:00pm Saturday June 19 2010
Logan Park, DUNEDIN
This year will see the seventh running of the Nude Rugby International, an event now recognised as the unofficial curtain raiser to All Black Rugby Test Matches in Dunedin.
It all began in 2002, with the Irish in town to play the All Blacks, the crew at Bottom Bus was running packages for backpackers to visit Dunedin, experience the student atmosphere and of course All Blacks rugby. Looking to add a little something and with National Nude Day being part of the student calender and at its most popular, why not combine this with the main attraction that weekend, rugby. And the Nude Rugby International fixture was born.
The perfect venue for a mid winter nude rugby game in Dunedin, had to be the beach. So we arranged to use the St Kilda Surf Club as a changing shed, and as it turned out a group of willing participants. The surf club lads and a couple of adventurous backpackers braved the cold, watched by a hefty crowd of backpackers and locals who climbed the dunes to see what the fuss was all about. Fergus Mather Mather of Tipperary became an international star as media honed in on the Irish captain and stories whizzed around the globe.,, to read more on this click here
With each test match following the Irish, the Nude Rugby International became a popular event with media and other visitors to Dunedin during test weekend, as well as backpackers attending from Queenstown and beyond. The peak of popularity came in 2005 with the British and Irish Lions in town to play Otago. Over 1,500 people made it down to St Kilda Beach to watch with the main TV networks and Newspapers in attendance looking for new angles to cover the pre-match build-up over Test weekend. The 'Queen' welcomed the players with all the associated royal pageantry arriving along the beach aboard offroad 8 wheeler Argos. Former All Black Josh Kronfeld refereed which certainly provided better decision making than the blind referee in a previous fixture!
The Nude Rugby was revived in 2008 with no Tests being played at Carisbrook in 2006 nor 2007. Interest in replaying of the game came some six months out from media who were asking if the Nude Rugby International would accompany the return of test matches. Plans were put in place and a student streak squad proved to be the backbone of the team captained by 'Bourkey' the sole player to have played in every Nude Rugby International. With a solid crowd of 500 the students put on a great show of rugby although became very cautious when, Mary, an American exchange student decided it all looked like to much fun and joined the action. This drew a great roar from the crowd, who are always keen to see equal opportunities amongst the sexes.
2009 saw Le Coq Gailos take on the Nude Blacks at Logan Park - an exciting new venue just across from the new stadium.
This year the Nude Rugby International will be on again as a prelude to the Welsh test, 19 June at Logan Park 2:00pm.
TV3 news Saturday 6pm - Video on Demand
Background on Dunedin
* Dunedin, in New Zealand’s southern South Island, has New Zealand’s first and largest university - the University of Otago.
* Dunedin has much of the southern hemisphere’s best preserved Edwardian and Victorian architecture.
* Otago Peninsula has the world’s only mainland albatross breeding colony, the world’s rarest penguin - the yellow eyed penguin, New Zealand fur seals, sea lions and little blue penguins.
* Recognised by the Guinness Book of Records, Dunedin has the world’s steepest street - Baldwin Street - which hosts an annual ‘Gutbuster’ challenge’ and a race featuring 30,000 Jaffas (round sweets) as part of the annual Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival.
'Nude Blacks' entertain Dunedin rugby fans
Macth Report - 15 Jun 2009
Excited rugby fans in Dunedin on Saturday (13.06.09) got the ‘full monty’ - a bonus match featuring the ‘Nude Blacks’ - as well as the much anticipated first rugby test between New Zealand - France.
Not to be out done by their heroes the All Blacks, 14 hardy Dunedin students stripped off in cool winter temperatures to impress the crowds with their own sporting prowess.
Body paint distinguished the two teams - the ‘Nude Blacks’ and an international guest team in South African colours - in the necessarily brisk seven-aside touch rugby match that’s become an annual Dunedin event.
Nude Blacks v Le Coq Gailos
Nude Rugby International
Saturday June 13 2009, DUNEDIN
Key points on the Nude Rugby International;
* 7 on 7
* The Nude Blacks have yet to be beaten
* Special guest referee to officiate
* A haka is customarily done
* Dave Bourke is the only player to have played in all matches
Tackles, props and balls as nature intended
The Guardian, UK
Rugby match in New Zealand sees teams face off in birthday suits, briefly interrupted by streaker – with all his clothes on
In England, rugby players throwing off their clothes at the first opportunity is no new thing but at least they usually wait till they get off the pitch (and are in the bar), before getting started.
In Dunedin, New Zealand, however, every year two teams of sevens go to battle fully starkers......
Image courtesy of the Otago Daily Times