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Adventpilez 20th December 2010: Calendar reviews December 21, 2010

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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

for some reason I feel a lot more patriotic looking at this...

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

We bought it for the good cause, honest, guv!

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

International Sides

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

Domestic Sides

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,
http://www.northamptonsaints.co.uk
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.
http://www.scottishrugbydirect.com
Munster Rugby Calendar 2011: €10, http://www.munsterrugby.ie
Newport Gwent Dragons Calendar 2001: £4.99,
http://www.newportgwentdragons.com
Ospreys 2011 Charity Calendar: £7.50, all proceeds go to “The Joshua
Foundation” and “Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research” charities
http://www.ospreysrugby.com

The Naked Option

Dieux de Stade – Calendrier 2011, £21.92 inc. P&P, http://www.amazon.co.uk

Thank you, Uncle Gigi!

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!

Manpilez Rugby Calendars round up 

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

International Sides

If you don’t know what team your friend supports (then 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

All prices shown 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

Domestic Sides

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,
http://www.northamptonsaints.co.uk
Sale Sharks Calendar 2011: £7.99, http://www.salesharks.com

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.
http://www.scottishrugbydirect.com
Munster Rugby Calendar 2011: €10, http://www.munsterrugby.ie
Newport Gwent Dragons Calendar 2001: £4.99,
http://www.newportgwentdragons.com
Ospreys 2011 Charity Calendar: £7.50, all proceeds go to “The Joshua
Foundation” and “Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research” charities
http://www.ospreysrugby.com

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 likes of Dieux de Stade but some of
the players in England’s Aviva Premiership are doing their bit 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… 😀

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Adventpilez 2010 – December 19th: Gladrags 2; The Black Weekend Edition December 20, 2010

Now we’re successfully through ‘black weekend’ where all the world goes out to get their pre-christmas boogy on, our thoughts have once again turned to how well our boys turn out…

Alun Wyn gets his 'fashionably late' on

 

a whole pride of whistle-wearing lions

 

Alun Wyn's tour of all the cool parties continues. Luke Charteris is unamused by his flagrant gatecrashing.

You ain't seen this.... right?

and at the end of the night… some joker always decides Karaoke is a good idea…
image from teh twitters

The Morning After: Ah. Alun... you've got a bit of...oh, never mind... good night was it? <snigger>

 

Adventpilez 2010 – December 16: More Christmas Random… December 16, 2010

‘Tis the season and these boys just can’t resist a good Santa hat!

 

Adventpilez 2010 – December 15: Tiger Feet December 15, 2010

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Adventpilez 2010 – December 14: Name That Tune #2 December 14, 2010

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If you thought the last one was tenuous, you ain’t seen nothing yet…

 

Adventpilez 2010 – December 13: Rawr Data Misc Profile: The Twickenham Experience December 13, 2010

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The first of our festive Rawr Data profiles takes a look at the home of English rugby. Stiff upper lips and Pimms as standard, what.

Behold your huddled masses congregating on the concourse at London Waterloo of a Saturday lunchtime, eagerly awaiting for that platform number to tick over before bundling themselves onto an awaiting Fail Carriage (a model not necessarily created by South West Trains, but steadily employed throughout the network). These are the lucky ones, for it’s the poshos who attempt to join the journey at Clapham or Putney that warrant the most sympathy. Or not. They are that rarest of breeds, anyway: Londoners with cars. Just bloody drive, Tristram.
 
You start to realise that you’re in the suburbs when things become distinctly green. Don’t be fooled. The roads are still wild enough in TW1 that the neighbourhood goes on lock down on match days, with mounted police keeping a watchful eye over the irate mob who have finally disembarked and are now trudging up Whitton Road with one thing on their minds: being as far away from a train as possible. Oh, and rugby. Plus, beer.
 
The natives are a canny lot, with many flogging wares from their own front lawn. Your more discerning ticket holder, however, will forgo the myriad grot vans and pop-up BBQs for the privilege of handing over inordinate amounts of cash money once inside Fortress Twickenham. Let’s not forget, after all, that we’re in the borough of Richmond-upon-Thames and the home of English rugby comes complete with it’s very own Pizza Express concession. That’s right. You can have dough balls with your rugby balls. Bruschetta with your blindsides. La Reine with your rucks.
 
For all this frothiness, good ol’ Twickers can still be relied upon to deliver where it counts and it certainly excels at being a big concrete arena where rugby is played. It also boasts several hidden benefits, should the game you be watching prove less than thrilling: Behold the unnervingly low flying aircraft on descent into Heathrow. Slip out to the Museum of Rugby to… be at the Museum of Rugby. Purchase an England Rugby hi-viz jacket at the RFU shop. Or if all else fails, partake in a parlour game such as The Double Never Ending Mexican Wave or Just Keep Throwing Random Shit in The Air, which was deemed more entertaining than the second half of Wasps v Quins by the crowd at this year’s London Double Header.
 
The amount of money parted with during the day would make a banker blush, but who cares when swaying merrily homeward with a belly full of 24 carat burgers and diamond infused IPA? The chanting of Swing Low will prevail, even as you and 20,000 of your newest, closest friends are kettled, like so many student protesters, onto the forecourt of a Toyota garage.
 
Fences are scaled, traffic traversed and then, upon return to the train station, that most English of sports, Queuing, comes into its own. If only they served tea!
 
When trains are finally boarded, the suburbanites may scuttle back towards Reading and the oiks towards London, but no one is spared the opportunity of getting intimate with a stranger’s armpit or crotch, you know in your heart of hearts that this is what it is to be English. And you wouldn’t have it any other way. Godspeed, sir.
Words by Anna
 

Adventpilez 2010 – December 12: Let It Snow… December 12, 2010

The weather outside is frightful…