Each image taken by leading French photographer Francois Rousseau depicts the rugby player? Sure to appeal to both gay men and straight women, these photos are unusual because the men are not models. Sincethe French national rugby team has posed nude or semi-nude for an annual calendar.
Wilkinson and Michalak are both ideally placed to assume that mantle, especially if today's winning team goes on to clinch rugby's ultimate prize in Saturday's final against defending champions Australia. Both have photogenic looks, are deadly when striking the oval ball and typify the new, sleeker, more athletic breed of player. They are rugby's first sex symbols.
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Athletes have stripped off for a series of racy new photographs highlighting their powerful physiques using just towels and even rugby balls to protect their modesty. The fashion photographer, from Paris, has released the collection to celebrate 15 years of his nude calendars starring French rugby players. And he managed to persuade well-known names to take part including England star James Haskell, 30 - the boyfriend of Chloe Madeley who played for Stade Francais for two years from to - and French footballer Olivier Giroud, who plays for Arsenal. He said in a statement he was 'honouring the male body in all its athletic glory'.
In more recent years, players from other rugby union clubs and athletes from other sports have also been included. The calendars and book have mostly black-and-white nude, erotic photographs of the players. Starting with the edition, a DVD covering the making of the calendar has also been released every year.
Many athletes can become successful male models because they have spent months or years in the gym developing muscular bodies. Athletes also tend to not be afraid to show off their bodies. Athletes have an "it" factor.
We had been told of the game's great virtues, its nobility and its valiant heroes. We had heard of scantily clad French rugby players exhibiting their va-va-voom on sought-after calendars. A whole generation of young British and French women had, however, to wait for this year's World Cup to fully grasp the reality of rugby.
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A look behind the scenes of the sexy Dieux du Stade calendar photo-shoot makes its DVD debut this week, along with gay zombies, queer Christians, controversial art and the Worst. This calendar is a globally successful annual fundraiser for the French rugby teams, and while it was originally designed to make the players less "scary" for potential female fans in France, the ruggers have accrued a whole new squad of admirers in the US: gay men, who buy up the annual DDS calendars, books and DVDs in droves. Still, the whole franchise is geared, technically, for a female audience, and the publishers tend to keep rather mum about their male audience Stateside.