As a continuation of yesterdays theme concerning the repression of the body, I thought it would be fun to follow up with a little story about rugby. The vast number of au natural rugby calendars is evidence of the complete comfort level most ruggers have with their body. Most are not classically handsome. Most are average at best. They are however not necessarily proud of their bodies. They definitely are not concerned with what others think though. They realize that the body is a machine. When you play a game as rough as rugby, with barley a layer of cloth over some parts of your body for protection, the body is bound to become scarred. Like soldiers of old, a rugger is proud of his scars and will take any opportunity to display them. In many ways rugby is a throw back to the early Greek and Roman way of playing sports. Limited protection and great physicality.
While I work on my year end post please enjoy some rugby from down under.
The nude version of the Kiwi All Blacks rugby team, the Nude Blacks, have had a lot of coverage on the internet for their naked rugby playing, and this is a good video of their Haka. The Haka is a traditional Maori intimidation ritual designed to scare opponents off.