We’re roughly halfway through the 6 Nations Rugby Tournament. Whether you’re a sports fan or not, that means there are some seriously hot rugby hunks on TV screens for the next few weekends.
England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy and France are the six nations competing, and boy are there some stunners. In case you’ve been missing out, here are six of the tournament’s hottest players, one from each country.
1. England’s James Haskell
Haskell is currently the number one rugby hunk in England. He’s 31, 6’4″ (1.93 m) and 118 kg (260 lb; 18 st 8 lb). He’s got 38 caps for England, scoring 15 points. An interesting fact: He got suspended from school for setting up a secret camera in a dorm to record a friend and his girlfriend having sex. But he’s kind of a big deal. He even has his own line of sports nutrition products and an app! If you’re feeling inspired, check out James Haskell Health & Fitness.
2. Ireland’s Tommy Bowe
Bowe is so distractingly beautiful that I’ve been staring at his picture for the past 10 minutes imagining what our life together could be like. He’s 33, 6’3″ (1.91 m) and 102 kg (224 lb; 16 st 1 lb). He’s got 29 caps for Ireland, scoring 70 points. Apart from being a top point-scorer, he’s known for his sense of humor and was once forced to sing on live TV. You can check out that facepalm cringe-fest here. Rugby and singing aside, his cooking skills are far from spectacular. He only received 2 stars when cooking on Irish TV’s The Restaurant. Tommy, if you’re reading, I’m fine with take-away.
3. Scotland’s Ross Ford
I only came across Ford while researching this piece, and while I’ve dated my fair share of Scottish guys, none of them have quite matched up to him. But then none of them have been rugby hunks, either. He’s 32, 6’1″ (1.85 m) and 113 kg (17 st 11 lb; 249 lb). Below, he’s getting into an “ice bath.” Yes, I guess it does look like it’s a trash can, but I assure you, it’s not. He’s not even bothered. That’s how totes masc these Scottish men are. (Apart from my ex.) He’s got 53 caps for Scotland and is yet to score any points. (Look, before you get all judgey, he’s a 2nd row. They don’t get to score points often. It’s complicated. Leave Ross alone, OK?)
4. Wales’s Leigh Halfpenny
As a Welshman myself, it’d be unpatriotic if I didn’t say this hunk was my favorite. From my hometown of Swansea, Leigh Halfpenny is 28, 5’10” (1.78 m) and 85 kg (187 lb; 13 st 5 lb). He’s one of Wales’s top point scorers of all time, with 313 points for his 31 caps. He also looks totally OK when he’s just come out of the sea (see below). Also, we’ve got a pic of him doing what he does best: scoring points for Wales. When he’s not on the field, he likes listening to Stereophonics, Swedish House Mafia and Foo Fighters.
5. Italy’s Andrea Pratichetti
This 28-year-old is our choice from Italy’s team. He’s 6 feet tall (1.83 m) and 94 kg (14 st 11 lb) with four caps for the Italian national team. It’s been hard to find out a lot about this rugby hunk, but here’s a video of him speaking about rugby in Italian. If you don’t understand Italian (I don’t), imagine he’s talking about how much he wants to date you and how he’s planning to take you on holiday or something. That’s what I did. Oh, here he is in the shower. Or perhaps a pipe has burst. It’s a bit unclear why there’s water spraying at him at this angle, but I doubt anybody cares. And Andrea doesn’t seem to mind. By now you may have caught on to the fact that rugby players look good a bit wet and naked.
6. France’s Jean-Marc Doussain
Doussain is a stunning French player with 8 caps and 27 points. He’s 26, 5’9″ (1.74 m) and 92 kg (14 st 7 lb; 203 lb). I’d probably break my rule about not dating French men for Jean-Marc. Sadly, I couldn’t find any pictures of this French rugby hunk wet or a bit naked. Although he does at least look moist in this photo below. Moist and startled, which are fine qualities in a man. He made his debut for France with five minutes left of the 2011 Rugby World Cup Final, becoming the first player ever to make his international debut in a Rugby World Cup Final. Très bien.