Rugby is a sport built on masculinity and is reliant upon it’s players animalistic instincts. And what could be more manly than a full fledged whisp of facial fuzz. As the two go hand in hand we take a look at those warriors on the field sporting the best man manes. Take a look at our favourites below…

Adam Byrnes

Rebels v Tonga - Trial MatchThe Rebels lock sports an ode to his Russian ancestry with this fuzzy facial fluff.



Canada-Beards-RugbyDuring the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand, the Canadian national team became as famous for their impressive beards as their play on the field.

Martin Castrogiovanni

martin-castrogiovanni1Looking more like a cuddly teddy bear than a grizzled international tighthead,Castro is still the proud owner of one of the best crumb catchers in world rugby.


Sebastian Chabal

Sebastien-Chabal-001Occasionally described as a ‘sexy caveman’, Chabal has become infamous for his face forst over the years.

Jason Eaton

jason eatonWith a beard as ferocious as his tackles Jason Eaton looks more like an extra from Cast Away.

Jim Hamilton

Jim Hamilton of ScotlandLooking like he belongs down a dark Glasgow alley, Hamilton has become one to avoid on the rugby field since the appearance of his facial growth.

Carl Hayman

carl haymanAll Black warrior Carl Hayman looks somewhat like a neolithic warrior with his face fur.


Scott Higginbotham

scott higginbothamLooking more like a beach bum than an Aussie warrior, Higginbotham manages to well and truly pull the rugged look off.

Adam Jones

adam jonesAnother cuddly teddy bear, despite his fuzzy looks Adam Jones remains one of the most destructive scrummagers to have ever played the game.

Adam Kleeberger

adam kleebergerDespite having already received a mention as part of the Canadian World Cup squad, Kleebergers effort would leave even Chuck Norris looking on enviously.


Johnny Leota

johnnylAlthough Leota’s Mr T effort has now gone this particular beard deserves special mention as it was grown to help raise money young Luca to buy two new legs.

Erik Lund

Erik-Lund-006Looking more like a viking than a professional rugby player, Erik Lund still remains one of the few players to have sent Mike Phillips running for the valleys.

Ian Nimmo

Ian-nimmoWith a name and appearance that belong in a Disney film alongside Johnny Depp, Ian Nimmo is well worth a mention.

Geoff Parling

geoff parlinGeoff Parling must have one of the most perfectly pruned soup strainers in world rugby.

Tatafu Pololta-Nau

tatafu polota-nauPolota-Nau does a great job of keeping the 70’s disco look alive and well.

Josh Strauss

josh straussThe South African looks like a true Sir with his lothario-esque facial fungus.

Sam Whitelock

sam whitelockDo they come much more rugged than All Black Sam Whitelock.