Hashim Amla’s outstanding performance in the recent SA v Eng Test cricket series got me thinking…is it all down to the beard?!
The association between hair and brute strength is nothing new (take Samson for instance), so would it be too far-fetched to assume that a beard gives an athlete an extra edge?
Let’s apply this scientifically-backed theory to the world of rugby by rating a few of the more distinctive soup-strainers out there:
Josh Strauss (SA)
Believe it or not: Some say he fertilises his facial hair with mixture of coffee grounds and chewed tobacco.
BDR rating: 8/10 – Good solid growth with excellent shape and body, but we’ve seen better…
Adam Kleeburger (Canada)
Believe it or not: Rumour has it that he was raised by a pack of huskies in the Canadian wilds.
BDR rating: 7/10 – Great coverage with some interesting hues, also a vast improvement over his previous ‘boy-band’ look.
Sebastien Chabal (Fra)
Believe it or not: Apparently he can make a woman pregnant just by looking at her.
BDR rating: 9/10 – A solid contender and ranked highly based on its animal magnetism alone.
Jason Eaton (NZ)
Believe it or not: An Auckland newspaper once reported that an albatross nested in his face-rug for a whole week before he even noticed and had to call-out the RSPCA.
BDR rating: 9/10 – Just look at it for Christ’s sake! It’s practically a fully functioning eco-system.