6 Best Beards of the 6 Nations

Geoff Cross, Scotland

Geoff Cross 8The king of them all, and possibly the greatest rugby beard ever seen. Unfortunately not long for this world as a new career as a doctor awaits and, let’s face it, that might not be the most hygienic thing.

Jake Ball, Wales

Jake Ball 4A true patriotic beard, almost the same colour as his Welsh shirt. If he stuck a bunch of daffodils in it, they’d probably make him First Minister.

Uini Atonio, France

Uini Atonio 2Uini Atonio is bloody massive. Over 6’5″ (1.97m) and 24st 6lb (155 kg), it’s not as if he needs the beard to be intimidating. But he does. Be intimidated.

Martin Castrogiovanni, Italy

Martin CastrogiovanniLet’s be honest, he’s not a looker. But in rugby, that doesn’t seem to be a big issue. The bedraggled Italian veteran  seems to be taking on the medieval knight look as made famous by Sebastien Chabal (And, you know, medieval knights…)

Joe Marler, England

Joe Marler 4Marler is another big lad that adds to his presence with his solid-looking beard. Leads the way for England.

Mathieu Bastereaud, France

Yoann Huget celebrates with Mathieu Bastareaud 7/2/2015Ireland have let the side down so here’s another Frenchman, and it’s so good that Yoann Huget can’t help but kiss it. Come on, we’ve all thought about it.

Geoff Cross – Beard of the Month February 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen, we’re potentially looking at one of the world’s great sport beards.Geoff Cross 6

November 2014 and February 2015’s Beard of the Month looks magnificent, but will not be with us for long. 32-year-old Cross is a qualified doctor and will soon be switching shin pads for stethoscopes, meaning the beard will have to go.
Until that day, we will enjoy it.Geoff Cross 7

Wikipedia states the beard origin story thus:

“I was at Glasgow for ten weeks last season and I talked to Josh Strauss, and he said, ‘You know, Geoff, you say that after rugby you’re going to work as a medic, and I see you haven’t shaved for a few days – really I don’t think very many people would be happy if they went to a GP practice to talk about their sore back, looking to be reassured, and there was this man with this enormous beard. So really, this is the only time in your life that you’ve got to grow a beard. You should seize that opportunity.”

Seize it he did.Geoff Cross 5

Geoff Cross’ international debut for Scotland ended prematurely when he spear tackled opponent Lee Byrne. This earned him a yellow card and a ten minute suspension from the game, but he also knocked himself unconscious and injured his knee.

lee byrne geoff crossThat’s the problem with tackling someone in mid-air, they could well take your head off. Needless to say, the evident lack of facial protection put Cross on his arse and out of action. The beardless fool.

He has since won 37 more caps for Scotland, played over 130 times for Edinburgh and now plays for London Irish.

The great tragedy of this beard is not that it will soon be no more, but that (please excuse me Scottish rugby fans) Scottish rugby union players aren’t usually in the international headlines. If Cross had been a footballer, or a New Zealander this beard would be much more well-known.

When it goes, money will be given to children’s charity Wooden Spoon and at the time of writing stands at just over £6,500 which BeardWatch is proud (but a bit gutted) to support.

Geoff Cross 2

Beard of the Month – February 2015

The winner is…


Geoff Cross

Geoff Cross 6Last year’s SBOTY finalist is back and it may be the last we see of this Hagrid-esque beard. Cross, 32, is a qualified doctor and can’t really carry around a bush on his face in a hospital so plans to shave eventually anyway. He’s now raising money for charity before the hedge trimmers come out.

Hafthor Bjornsson

The World's Strongest ManAttached to one of the strongest men in the world, Bjornsson’s beard helped him to break a 1,000 year old record. Bjornsson lifted and took 5 steps with a 10m long, 1,433lb Viking mast.

John Mooney

John MooneyIreland have been involved in two dramatic games in the ICC World Cup. Firstly beating West Indies against the odds, and then beating the UAE with only 4 balls to go. John Mooney has been a part of both of these wins and has also been fined for mouthing off at one of the West Indians.

Rob Ninkovich

Ninkovich and his beard won the Superbowl single-handedly. Probably. Maybe not, honestly, I’ve no idea about American Football, but it was surely a big factor. He also turned 31 on the big day, which is nice.

The winner is…

Sports Beard of the Year 2014

Beard-of-the-Year-2014Here we are, the inaugural Sport Beard of the Year (#SBOTY2014). Below are the Beard of the Month winners from BeardWatch’s first 13 months, and it’s up to you to vote for the overall winner. Some beards may no longer be with us, or be at their glorious best, but your sound judgement will vote the one that had the greatest impact for the promotion of beards throughout sport.

So stroke your beard in deep thought and ponder the following Beard of the Month winners…

Voting is closed! Winner announced at 9pm GMT.

 

Tim Howard

November 2013 – American – Football

Tim HowardInspirational in goal for the USA in the World Cup.

Robert Oberst

December 2013 – American – Strongman

Robert Oberst 1Oberst can lift massive stones with his beard (and his arms). Finished 9th in the 2013 World’s Strongest Man Final.

Andy Carroll

January – English – Football

Andy CarrollSpent a long spell injured sensibly growing a beard and burst back into the Premier League in January.

Davide Moscardelli

February – Italian – Football

moscardelli-570-1Voted the greatest Italian football beard. Difficult to argue.

Will Leer

March – American – Athletics

will-lear-2The fastest beard over 800m that you’re likely to see. 6th in the IAAF World Indoor Championships 2014.

Kyle Amor

April – English – Rugby League

Kyle AmorPart of the St Helens team that won the 2014 Super League Grand Final.

Geraint Walsh

May – Welsh – Rugby Union

Geraint Walsh 3Won the Welsh Premiership player of the year with Pontypridd before moving to Cardiff Blues in the summer.

Andrea Pirlo

June – Italian – Football

PirloThe epitome of bearded cool, proving bigger isn’t always better.

Kane Richardson

July – Australian – Cricket

Kane RichardsonSporting a fine example of a beard at only 23 years, Richardson is Australia’s finest hirsute cricketer.

Stuart Sinclair

August – English – Football

Stuart Sinclair 3Sinclair plays for the appropriately nicknamed ‘Pirates’ of Bristol Rovers, swashbuckling his way through England’s Football League.

James Tomlinson

September – English – CricketJames Tomlinson 3

A superb end of season for Tomlinson led to Hampshire to win the County Championship Division Two.

Fetu’u Vainikolo

October – Tongan – Rugby UnionFetu'u Vainokolo

Tonga’s happiest man made history when the Exeter Chiefs won their first Anglo-Welsh Silver Cup

Geoff Cross

November – Scottish – Rugby Union
Geoff Cross 5Arguably Rugby Union’s best current beard. A qualified doctor and expecting father, Cross is full taking advantage of this bearded opportunity while he can.

 

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Beard of the Month – November 2014

The winner is…

Geoff Cross

Geoff Cross 4Big Geoff has been taking Scotland and the Rugby Autumn Internationals by the scruff of their neck and given them a good kicking. Rugby is pretty good at beards, but this has raised the stakes to new heights.

Geoff Cross 5Don’t make Geoff cross.

Geoff Cross 2Happily, it seems the curse of Beard of the Month won’t strike this time, and we’ve got another few months of this glorious, glorious beard.

The runners up…

Moeen Ali, English Cricketer

Moeen Ali 3It’s been a big month for Moeen Ali and the England cricket team who’ve discovered that Ali is really rather good at batting. He hit the third fastest century in one day cricket, eventually hitting 119 from 87 balls. Subsequently his beard has become seriously high-profile.

Charlie Faumuina, New Zealand Rugby Union

charlie-faumuina 2One man stepping up to the challenge from Geoff Cross is New Zealand’s Charlie Faumuina. This straggly cheeked prop has been one of the key players in a formidable All-Black for the past two years and this beard has been ever-present.

Lewis Hamilton, English Formula One

Lewis Hamilton 2This beard might not have the girth, length or meatiness of the others but it’s the one that’s been seen around the world after being attached to a Formula One champion. What it lacks in volume, it makes up for in fame.

Beard of the Month – October 2014

The winner is…

Fetu’u Vainikolo

Fetu'u VainokoloAnd why wouldn’t he look so pleased with this fuzzy wonder nestled on his chin? The Exeter Chiefs and Tonga winger blasted his way to victory and stands as ideal preparation for his upcoming international duties. Vainikolo is in the squad for fixtures against Georgia, the USA and Scotland where his beard will be up against stiff competition.

Fetu'u Vainokolo 3

Fetu'u Vainokolo 2

The runners up:

Fernando Alonso, Spanish F1 Driver

Fernando Alonso 2The stylish Spaniard is a two-time Formula One World Champion and is now possibly the best bearded F1 driver on the circuit. The extra chin protection seems to be distracting him however, having only claimed two podium finishes so far this season.

Jordie Benn, Canadian Ice Hockey Player

Jordie BennIn Canada, they play hockey, but on ice. Who knew? There’s plenty of hirsute candidates but this is the one that caught the eye this month. Jordie Benn plays for the Dallas Stars and, wait… They have Ice Hockey in Dallas? That’s like beach volleyball in Alaska. Weird. Anyway, Jordie sports a glamorous ginger beard to keep him warm on the ice.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, American American Football Quarterback

Ryan FitzpatrickStaying on the left side of the Atlantic, yet another behemoth bearded American Footballer demands your attention. During his time with the Buffalo Bills, he was given the nicknames “Fitzmagic” and “The Amish Rifle”. He was also named as the fifth-smartest athlete in the USA in 2010. He’s now almost certainly one of the manliest.

 

The Top 10 Beards of the Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games has been a fantastic opportunity to do some hipster sportwatching. Where else could you say “Did you spot Cyprus v Guernsey last night in the Lawn Bowls? Amazing game.”

The same is true for the noble art of beardwatching. Some wonderful and lesser known beards have been spotted and enjoyed, but it must be said most seem to come from the larger nations. Perhaps the smaller nations haven’t got the budget for beard husbandry which is a big shame.

Before we start the top ten, honourable mentions to Welsh Captain Aled Davies, English squashist Daryl Selby, Cypriot hammer thrower Konstadinos Stathelakos and maybe one for the future Tom Daley:
Aled-DaviesDaryl-SelbyKonstadinos-StathelakosTom-Daley

10. Sir Bradley Wiggins

10. Bradley Wiggins
The English cyclist was famous for his sideburns, but has grown up and moved on to a very classy beard. A new beard icon.

9. Kurt Fearnley

9. Kurt FearnleyThe only thing close to competition for the all-conquering David Weir in the T54 category.The Aussie is obviously enjoying Glasgow and getting into the spirit with a ginger beard.

8. Craig Maclean

8. Craig MacleanThe only entry in the top ten for the home nation. Craig Maclean was the ‘pilot’ cyclist for visually impaired Neil Fachie in the tandem sprint. Though, looking at the two of them together, you’d have to assume Maclean was most of the engine too…

7. Nickel Ashmeade

7. Nickel AshmeadeThe Jamaican took bronze in the 100m which makes him the fastest beard on the track. Also had the responsibility of handing the baton to Usain Bolt in the relay. With great beard comes great responsibility.

6. Ben Gregory

6. Ben GregoryWelshman Gregory finished 5th in the decathlon, making his beard arguably the most multi-talented at the games.

5. Jason Morgan

5. Jason MorganMorgan was the big entertainer in the discus competition. The Jamaican finished third and danced his way around the track to celebrate. Fantastically round and beefy beard.

4. Julian Wruck

4. Julian WruckThe Aussie discus man shed 17 kilos in the 6 weeks before the games after realising that bigger is not always better. Luckily, he learnt the opposite is true for beards and grew this monster to compensate.

3. DJ Forbes

3. DJ ForbesDJ Forbes may be remembered in New Zealand as the captain who lost their first ever Commonwealth Rugby 7s game, in the final. Real sports fans will remember him for his mighty captain’s beard.

2. Martyn Rooney

2. Martyn RooneyThe English runner is the epitome of style running in wrap around shades and a thick, black beard. It obviously doesn’t cause much drag despite its obvious density, and saw Rooney to 4th in the 400m.

1. Damon Kelly

1. Damon KellyKelly took bronze in the 105kg weightlifting with an astonishing 388kg in his two lifts. However, the big Australian can be proud of having the very best beard in the Commonwealth Games.

1. Damon Kelly 2