England sevens players show their colours to promote 'Safari' fancy dress theme for fans
Thursday 18 April 2013
Rugby players have often been called animals….and now they really look the part.
England Sevens players players Chris Cracknell, Dan Norton, Tom Mitchell, Alice Richardson and Michaela Staniford showed their stripes in a unique photoshoot at Twickenham stadium.
In striking images to mark this year’s ‘Safari’ fan fancy dress theme, each player was body painted as an animal that supposedly represented their individual strengths and style on the pitch. Not surprisingly, World Series leading try scorer Dan Norton is a Cheetah in the pack due to his lightning speed.
With nearly 80,000 tickets already sold for the final leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series, taking place on the 11-12 May, fans are being urged to join the pack to avoid disappointment.
Dan Norton, England Sevens Wing, comments “Each year the fans fancy dress outfits get better and better so we thought we’d get in on the action. Now it’s the fans’ turn to show us what they’ve got and get their safari on.”
Michaela Staniford, who was transformed into a leopard, added: “It was a surreal experience and the final images look fantastic. It’s not every day you’re dressed in next to nothing and body painted head to toe by strangers. It’s certainly different to what we’ve done in previous years and I may have taken it all a little too seriously, losing my voice from all the roaring to camera.”
Ben Ryan, England Sevens head coach, comments, “With event ticket sales at an all-time high, excitement is building for the Marriott London Sevens. We are expecting a record breaking 110,000 people passing through the turnstiles over the weekend at Twickenham for an action packed final leg of the series and we hope these images will inspire fans to get creative with their fancy dress.”
Leicester vs Arsenal match preview: Calm Calum can be an Arsenal star for years to come, says Per Mertesacker
Tottenham vs Liverpool preview: Spurs ready to press their case for Reds revenge
Burnley vs Manchester United match report: Louis van Gaal still winless after goalless draw at Turf Moor
Liverpool vs Tottenham match preview: I'll get best out of Mario Balotelli, says Brendan Rodgers
Everton vs Chelsea player ratings: Who was best in the nine-goal thriller at Goodison?
- 1 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 2 Keira Knightley topless: Conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
- 3 Argentina may change its capital city from Buenos Aires, says president
- 4 The 3D-printed key that can unlock anything
- 5 Lady al-Qa’ida: On the trail of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, the world’s most wanted prisoner
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when