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Oxford University women’s rugby team strip off for charity calendar [PHPTOS]

They have imitated the success of their male  counterparts on the field.

And now Oxford University  women’s rugby team are copying the boys by posing for their own naked  calendar.

With only strategically  positioned hands to maintain their modesty the players leave little to the  imagination.

Line out: The Oxford University Women's Rugby Football  Club (OUWRFC) present their first ever naked calendar which features current  members of the team on the pitch, in the gym, in the library, and around  Oxford

Line out: The Oxford University Women’s Rugby Football Club (OUWRFC) present their first ever naked calendar which features current members of the team on the pitch, in the gym, in the library, and around Oxford

Captain Tatiana Cutts, 25, tackling teammate Danielle  Yardy, 23, by the river

Captain Tatiana Cutts, 25, tackling teammate Danielle Yardy, 23, by the river

The female team stripped down to just their  rugby boots and socks for the black and white photographs taken around the  city.

Tatiana Cutts, 25, who tackles teammate  Danielle Yardy, 23, by the river in the September photograph, said it was  ‘mostly hilarious, really very cold, and absolutely worth it for such a good  cause’.

The law PhD student at Keble College, who  lectures undergraduates part time and is the club captain, said: ‘It was a bit  nerve-racking at first but after a minute it was good fun and great for team  bonding.

‘We were lucky it was a sunny day, but I was  still absolutely freezing in the picture. We ended up in the river twice, it was  utterly miserable.’

Miss Cutts, who is from Tavistock, Devon, and  went to Devonport High School for Girls, dismissed the idea that the calendar is  distasteful. ‘What we’re doing is celebrating strong women,’ she said. ‘These  girls are athletics, these are their body shapes, and they should be  celebrated.’

Posing up: The female team stripped down to just their  rugby boots and socks for the black and white photographs taken around the  city

Posing up: The female team stripped down to just their rugby boots and socks for the black and white photographs taken around the city

Good sports: The girls described the day as 'mostly  hilarious, really very cold, and absolutely worth it for such a good  cause'

Good sports: The girls described the day as ‘mostly hilarious, really very cold, and absolutely worth it for such a good cause’

The women’s rugby team, who have the motto  ‘Back Yourself’, decided to pose for their own calendar after previously helping  to sell the men’s calendar.

Club president Elizabeth Dubois, from  Dartmouth, Canada, who is studying for a PhD in Information, Communication and  the Social Sciences at Balliol, said: ‘We saw the success of the men’s calendar  last year and while were helping to sell them at matches people said “if it was  your team in the pictures, we would buy one”.

‘Playing rugby is certainly an opportunity to  build skill and physical strength, but it is also a chance to release stress,  form a social support structure, and feel welcomed.

Charitable: Calendars are £10 each with £1 from every  calendar sold going directly to Mind Your Head, Oxford's mental health awareness  campaign

Charitable: Calendars are £10 each with £1 from every calendar sold going directly to Mind Your Head, Oxford’s mental health awareness campaign

‘With this calendar the club hopes to  highlight the inclusiveness of women’s rugby.

‘When you play women’s rugby people have a  stereotypical image of you and we wanted to confront that. We have girls of all  shapes and sizes, and studying all types of academic subject.’

The calendar features current members of  Oxford University Women’s Rugby Football Club on the pitch, in the gym, in the  library, and around Oxford.

It is being sold for £10 to raise money for  Mind Your Head, Oxford’s mental health awareness campaign.

To visit the calendar website click  here.

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