Supersport has Naas Botha, Keo has Scott Gibbs (or at least pictures of Scott Gibbs) and now Big Daddy Rugby has been fortunate enough to hire as its World Cup in-house expert… the beard of Joshua Strauss!
Due to financial cutbacks as a result of the global recession, we were unable to afford the cash required for Josh himself, so only his facial hair will be providing us unique insights this World Cup.
Our shady overseas investors who put in the initial twenty rand funding into Big Daddy Rugby have asked us to start Josh’s beard off with a few “soft-balls” as he hasn’t had any interview experience prior to signing this lucrative deal with us. We caught up with the beard for a brief chat before he headed back to the Lion’s hotel.
BDR: Josh’s beard – firstly, let me just say it is great to have you on board for the World Cup. We’re sorry about not being able to afford Josh himself, but hopefully this will be an opportunity to step out of his shadow so to speak and to make a name for yourself. I mean, some at Ellis Park have been saying that Josh himself has actually been holding you back and that you need to be given more creative freedom. Is it true you’ve been carrying him… and have been for years?
Josh’s beard: Very kind words, Big Daddy. I must say, I was very relieved when Josh finally relented and agreed not to grow a handlebar moustache this season. I was worried when he showed up at pre-season sporting a Salvador Dali. I wouldn’t say that I’ve been carrying Josh completely… but it is fair to say that he owes a lot of his success to me.
BDR: Right. Rumour has it that Scott Gibbs has been heard loudly declaring that Wales are not afraid of the Springboks and that they fancy themselves going into the September 11th clash. Is an upset on the cards?
Josh’s beard: An upset? You mean can the Boks pull this one out of the bag?
BDR: Oh I see what you did there – very clever.
Josh’s beard: I think given the way the Boks have been playing all season any result is possible. The Boks will need to come out firing on all cylinders. It’s a tough group with the potential for big upsets.
BDR: I know you turned down an opportunity to present on Supersport so that you could “do your thing” on our site – do you have any regrets about turning down the opportunity to be amongst the likes of Darren Scott and Hugh Bladen?
BDR: Well, you can rest assured that you’ll be given full creative freedom on our website. We look forward to your insights this World Cup.
Josh’s beard: Thanks Big Daddy. It’s going to be a cracker. Josh is planning on being seen in public a few hours from now, so I’d better head back to the Lions training camp…
BDR: We look forward to your contributions. Say hello to Josh for us.