Rugby wrap: Bucks, Cohen and a kissing scrum

Add this share

The season might be looking up for the Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club. Struggling with a winless start to their winter season, the 0-3 Bucks face the Nashville Grizzlies on Saturday, a team they have historically dominated.

When the teams meet, it will also mark the first all-gay match for the Bucks this season. The Grizzlies, like the Bucks, are gay rugby clubs. The only other gay match on the schedule for the Bucks – outside of a rematch in Nashville with the Grizzlies on March 29 – is May 10 against the Charlotte Royals, which closes the 10-game season.

The match on Saturday, which was rescheduled to take place at 1 p.m. in Atlanta, comes after the Bucks lost to the Birmingham Vulcans over the weekend. But Bullet Manale, the team’s president, says the Bucks continue to improve.

“We’re still building,” he says. “For the third week, we built upon what we’ve been doing. It’s about building our skills to be competitive.”

The Bucks have owned the Grizzlies, winning shut-out matches in February 2007 and October 2006. Manale says the teams share a friendly rivalry.

“A lot of the guys are looking forward to it. It’s good to have that brotherly fraternity thing with another team. We are pretty close to the Nashville team,” he says.

cohen_ben_blog.jpgSpeaking of gay rugby, English rugby star Ben Cohen made news last year when he announced plans for a night in London to salute his gay fans. The event is set for May 28. Cohen recently conducted a frank Q&A with Among the juicy tidbits:

Outsports: What has been the reaction to the idea so far? Have you been surprised by the reaction?

Ben Cohen: I just noticed that I was getting more attention. My website stats were shooting up and when I looked where the links were coming from, I could see that 90 percent of them were from gay blog sites. The biggest surprise I got was knocking David Beckham off the top slot in the Sunday Times Gay Icon list. I was gob smacked quite frankly.

Read the full story. And don’t miss “The Real Ben Cohen,” his 2008 calendar that takes full advantage of this jock’s sex appeal.

If all that’s not enough, check out this amusing clip of a make-out session that breaks out between two rugby players. Thanks to Outsports for the post.


Project Q Atlanta goes on hiatus after 14 years

On Sept. 1, 2008, Project Q Atlanta promised a hyper-local “queer media diet” for Atlanta. The site set out to bring LGBTQ news, in-depth...

Photos catch Purple Dress Run invading Midtown

After three years of pandemic-inflicted limitations, Atlanta’s gay rugby squad let loose on one of its most popular events. The Atlanta Bucks Purple Dress...

Ooo Bearracuda: Photos from Bear Pride’s Main Event

The seventh annual Atlanta Bear Pride hit the ground running on Friday with packed houses at Woofs, Heretic and Future. Turned out, they hadn’t...

Atlanta Bear Pride set to go hard and long all weekend

That low, growing growl you hear is a nation of gay bears headed for Atlanta Bear Pride this weekend. By the time they arrive,...

PHOTOS: Armorettes bring back Easter Drag Race magic

Gay Atlanta’s queens of do-good drag brought the sunshine to a cloudy afternoon on Saturday when Heretic hosted the triumphant return of Armorettes Easter...