Lineout action at the seventh annual nude rugby
international, at Logan Park, Dunedin, on Saturday. Photo
by Jane Dawber.
A lack of practice did not stop the Nude Blacks and Welsh
Leeks putting on a good show, complete with streaker and brawl,
in the seventh annual nude rugby international match, played in
clear conditions in Dunedin on Saturday.
About 1500 people lined the pitch as the two teams, captained
by nude rugby stalwart Dave Bourke and newcomer Johnny
Morris, battled it out for the Innes-Jones-Davies trophy.
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Dunedin students made up the bulk of the Nude Blacks team,
which was obvious when one had to leave halfway through the
match to sit an exam, while the Welsh players were mostly
Pre-match warm-ups, including press-ups and knee-ups,
delighted the crowd. The haka was also a hit, especially when
the Welsh danced and threw leeks in response.
Refereed by former All Blacks John Timu and Richard Lowe, the
Nude Blacks opened the scoring in the tightly contested
Highlights included players getting up close and personal
with spectators in some overly eager sideline tackling, a
fight, and the brazen introduction of a female streaker.
She distributed hugs, took part in a lineout and scored a try
before exiting the field, only to return, police hat in tow,
to arrest a clothed "streaker" later in the match.