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Charity calendar 'seized'

Members of Nantyglo Rugby Club say their naked charity calendar was seized by the UK Border Agency in Germany, where it was being printed, for being 'inappropriate'.

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Nantyglo Rugby Club calendar 'seized by customs'

A shot from Nantyglo Rugby Club's fundraising calendar Credit: Treasured Photography

A rugby team who stripped off for a charity calendar say they had to wait for it go on sale after the UK Border Agency deemed it unsuitable for entry into the country.

Players at Nantyglo RFC posed nude for their 2013 calendar, which was printed in Germany and due to be sold in the run-up to Christmas.

But when there was no sign of the calendar, members of the club started investigating - and were staggered to be informed that border officials had seized them during a search.

Members of the club hoped to raise money to buy their former captain a wheelchair Credit: Treasured Photography

The players had shed their clothes to buy an adapted wheelchair for former club captain Steve Coles, 42, who was left paralysed after suffering severe spinal injuries while playing for Abergavenny last year.

Mr Coles is still recovering in hospital and cannot return home until major amendments are made to his Brynmawr home.

According to Nantyglo Rugby Club, the calendars were given clearance to enter the UK on December 21 and they're now inundated with sales.

A spokeswoman for the UK Border Agency said: "On the limited information provided and given the thousands of seizures we make at the border every year we are unable to confirm whether our officers detained these calendars.

"As well as seizing drugs and offensive weapons, our officers are the front line of enforcing laws preventing the importation of indecent and obscene material to the UK."

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