Taking inspiration from the story of modern women's rugby and its rise to professional status, Spanish photographer Alejandra Carles-Tolra trains her camera on the team from Brown University, who have taken on the intimidating nickname of 'the Bears'. While attending training sessions that went long into the night she photographed the tackles, scrums and injuries that naturally accompany such a physically demanding sport. Her images give a fantastic insight into what it would be like to be on the field during a match, shoulder to shoulder in a scrum, or squashed between two peoples' thighs in a desperate struggle for control of the ball.
Thread through the series are also sombre portraits of the athletes, who stand dignified against black backgrounds, their mouths stuffed with gum shields and heads encased in head guards. Carles-Tolra says that she is drawn to portraying these athletes in order to "bring a broader understanding of their group identity."