The Naked Rugby Players 2019 have been well studied to become a finalist in The Calies - UK Calendar Awards. Oh, and they've released some new pictures to celebrate!

The Naked Rugby Players 2019 have been well studied to become a finalist in The Calies – UK Calendar Awards. Oh, and they’ve released some new pictures to celebrate!

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Having fought off hundreds of entries from major brands the guys are now up against four other calendars to win the title of Best Charity Calendar 2019.

The prestigious awards are judged by major high street brands including John Lewis, Waterstone, HMV and Calendar Club to find the best in 2019 Calendars. Winners will be announced during an awards ceremony in central London on the 28th November.

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Calendar Creative Director, Jake Hook, said, “To be nominated for this award alone was fantastic news, to make the final has been incredible and I’m so proud of each and every one of the seventy-one players who gave up their time, and clothes, to help support their teams and Balls To Cancer. The 2019 Calendar sold out in just three weeks this year meaning we had to re-print. This is fantastic news for the charity and for encouraging more guys to regularly check themselves for signs of cancer, which tragically takes many lives each year.”

The Naked Rugby Players returned earlier this month with a Renaissance themed calendar following the success of their first calendar.

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© Diverse Retailing Ltd + Monty McKinnen Photography

The six inclusive rugby clubs from around Britain stripped off to raise awareness for both inclusive rugby and to help shine a light on the importance for guys to check their tackle for lumps and bumps regularly, in partnership with the Balls To Cancer charity.

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200,000 men are diagnosed with cancer every year. 80,000 of those will die from their cancer.

As with the first calendar, a proportion of the money raised through the sales of the calendar goes to Balls To Charity and to the inclusive rugby clubs involved.

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The Naked Rugby Players can be purchased from TheNakedRugbyPlayers.com, Amazon and TheGayShop.co.uk