As that all important last shopping date approaches with the kind of terrifying speed usually reserved for Leigh Halfpenny, we had our second guest writer Rachel wade through the swathe of rugby based calendars. Good Luck getting hold of them in the snow, you guys…
Without further ado, here’s our Rachel with a quick roundup.
It’s that time of year again, you know what to get your rugby-loving friend but you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to calendars! Do you get one that raises money for charity? One full of action shots of their favourite players? Or do you go for the naked option?
Here’s the Manpilez guide to the best of rugby’s 2011 calendars.
The Charity Option
Rugby for Heroes, £9 inc. P&P, http://www.rugbyforheroes.org
In its second year, the Rugby for Heroes calendar shows some of the Aviva Premiership stars from Leicester’s Anthony Allen to Bath’s Nick Abendanon looking their very best in not a lot of clothing. The special thing about this is that the players pose with props related to the armed forces, whether it’s the union flag or the dog tags that they wear. The proceeds of the calendar go towards helping ex-servicemen and women train in new careers or setting up new businesses. A worthwhile cause to support and a great calendar too!
Matt Hampson, £9.99 + £4.99 P&P, http://www.matthampson.co.uk
This calendar, now in its third year, helps to raise money for a trust created by the inspirational Matt Hampson. In 2005 he was playing in the front row for the England U21s when a collapsed scrum left him paralysed from the neck down. Since then he has been raising money to help those with spinal injuries along with many other charities. The calendar, which stars Leicester Tigers (the club
he was at) players, is one of those many things that people can buy to help raise money for the trust. As a Leicester Tigers fan myself, it’s always at the top of my Christmas list each year.
The Action Option
If you don’t know what team your friend supports (shame on you!) then why not go for the international side that they support, surely you know that? I had a look in the Calendar Club the other day, you can find them either in big shopping centres, and here’s what they have on offer. If you’re not near a big shopping centre then they’re online here: http://www.calendarclub.co.uk
Prices shown here don’t include postage and packaging costs.
England Rugby 2011 Wall Calendar, £7.99
Welsh Rugby Union 2011 Wall Calendar, £9.99
Irish RFU 2011 Wall Calendar, £7.99
Aviva Premiership (England)
Bath Rugby Calendar 2011: £15, http://www.bathrugbyshop.com
Leicester Tigers Official 2011 Calendar: £7.99, http://www.leicestertigers.com
London Wasps Official 2011 Calendar: £7.99, http://www.wasps.co.uk
Northampton Saints 2011 A3 Calendar: £13.95
Northampton Saints 2011 Desktop Calendar: £9.95,
Sale Sharks Calendar 2011: £7.99, http://www.salesharks.com (though they also do a clothes-free version)
Magners League (Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Italy)
Cope Connacht Calendar 2011: €9.99, http://www.elverys.ie
Edinburgh Calendar 2011: £10, all proceeds go to http://www.maggiescentres.org.
Munster Rugby Calendar 2011: €10, http://www.munsterrugby.ie
Newport Gwent Dragons Calendar 2001: £4.99,
Ospreys 2011 Charity Calendar: £7.50, all proceeds go to “The Joshua
Foundation” and “Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research” charities
The Naked Option
Dieux de Stade – Calendrier 2011, £21.92 inc. P&P, http://www.amazon.co.uk
Quite possibly one of the most risqué rugby calendars I’ve ever seen! Once again a select few rugby players who play in France’s Top 14 league take their kit off to pose with nothing but a strategically placed rugby ball or towel, in some really artistic shots – that’s how to justify the buying of this calendar, it’s not porn, it’s art. Having gained quite a following there’s now books and DVDs about the
making of the calendars, proving that there’s no such thing as too much naked rugby player.
Rugby’s Finest 2011 Wall Calendar, £16.99 inc. P&P, http://www.play.com
Now you really can’t compete with the pornographic artistry of Dieux de Stade but some of the players in England’s Aviva Premiership are giving it a go with this tasty offering. Featuring the likes of Saracens’s Nils Mordt and Harlequins scrum half Danny Care this calendar has the feeling of being more fun and less artsy. And what fun you’ll have turning your calendar each month to see a new piece of tasty rugby player.
NB: My god I’ve ended up describing the players as though they’re pieces of
meat! The things I do in the name of research…
And with that, I think it’s fair to sayRachel has been fuly indoctrinated to the Manpilez way!