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Post by Portnoy on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 5:40 pm

With the retirement of Mad Dog announced today, it occurred to me that he's one of a very few rugby players identifiable by supporters by a soubriquet entirely unrelated to his real name.

Off the cuff I can only think of Jiffy (and why is he called that ?)

So that's a near blank side of A4 for you to fill...
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Post by Pete C (Kiwireddevil) on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 5:47 pm

Portnoy wrote:With the retirement of Mad Dog announced today, it occurred to me that he's one of a very few rugby players identifiable by supporters by a soubriquet entirely unrelated to his real name.

Off the cuff I can only think of Jiffy (and why is he called that ?)

So that's a near blank side of A4 for you to fill...

Pine Tree - Colin Meads (trying to tackle him was like trying to tackle a pine tree)
Paekakariki Express - Christian Cullen (after his home town)
Iceman - Michael Jones (cool under pressure)
Tangoman/Fanta Menace - Gavin Henson (fake tan Whistle )
Griz - Alex Wylie (always bad-tempered)
Billy Whizz - Jason Robinson (?)
Bumface - Will Carling (that chin)
Chilli - Rob Kearney (Chilli con ...)
Captain Tackles - Richie McCaw (like it says on the tin)
...


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Post by Portnoy on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 5:47 pm

I thought of 'Wiggy' Graham Rowntree (according to his Wiki entry "known as "Wiggy" due to an unfortunate haircut.) Very Happy
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Post by Cymroglan on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 5:48 pm

I was called Tripod.

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Post by MrsP on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 5:48 pm

Fun Bus....Jason Leonard

The Plank...Justin Harrison

Church...Cian Healey


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Post by Pete C (Kiwireddevil) on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 5:50 pm

Cymroglan wrote:I was called Tripod.

Laugh
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Post by Portnoy on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 5:52 pm

Kiwireddevil wrote:
Portnoy wrote:With the retirement of Mad Dog announced today, it occurred to me that he's one of a very few rugby players identifiable by supporters by a soubriquet entirely unrelated to his real name.

Off the cuff I can only think of Jiffy (and why is he called that ?)

So that's a near blank side of A4 for you to fill...

Paekakariki Express - Christian Cullen
Griz - Alex Wylie
Captain Tackles - Richie McCaw

Chilli - Rob Kearney

...

First three I would not have identified

Chilli is a pun on real name.
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Post by MrsP on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 5:58 pm

Anyway,

Wasn't Mad Dog Moody named after a character in the Harry Potter books?

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Post by MrsP on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 6:00 pm

Foxy...Is that JD2?

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Post by MrsP on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 6:01 pm

Wagga!....Nathan Hines.

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Post by Pete C (Kiwireddevil) on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 6:01 pm

Portnoy wrote:
Kiwireddevil wrote:
Portnoy wrote:With the retirement of Mad Dog announced today, it occurred to me that he's one of a very few rugby players identifiable by supporters by a soubriquet entirely unrelated to his real name.

Off the cuff I can only think of Jiffy (and why is he called that ?)

So that's a near blank side of A4 for you to fill...

Paekakariki Express - Christian Cullen
Griz - Alex Wylie
Captain Tackles - Richie McCaw

Chilli - Rob Kearney

...

First three I would not have identified

Chilli is a pun on real name.

I doubt too many New Zealanders would have gotten "Mad Dog" or "Jiffy" either Portnoy (I hadn't heard either before joining old 606).

Nobody - John Eales (Nobody's perfect)
Bernie - Stephen Larkham (so cool he was possibly as dead as the title character in the movie "Weekend at Bernie's")
Little Zinny - Taine Randall (Z. Brooke's understudy)
Hatchet - Anton Oliver (face like a ...)
Chainsaw - Brendon Laney

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Post by Thomond on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 6:02 pm

In Ireland we tend to have acronyms but Ferris is called both "Bueller" (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) and 1F because there's only one fecking Ferris!

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Post by Guest on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 6:02 pm

correct MrsP OK


Melon - Gethin Jenkins
Nugget - Martyn Williams
Smiler - Matthew Rees
Wellies - Stephen Jones

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Post by MrsP on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 6:06 pm

Alfie...Gareth Thomas

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Post by MrsP on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 6:09 pm

Chunk.....Jacobsen (is that the right one?)

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Post by MrsP on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 6:10 pm

The Bull....John Hayes

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Post by gowales on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 6:11 pm

Hooky...James Hook Erm who would have ever thought of that one

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Post by wales606 on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 6:22 pm

Breadman/Avatar - Warburton

Charteris has one too, but I can't remember it (+ the ones mentioned above)
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Post by Guest on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 6:25 pm

Long Dog, for Charteris?

Bowzer - Huw Bennett

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Post by Guest on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 6:28 pm

Chest-for Andy Powell

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Post by Guest on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 6:29 pm

rugbydreamer wrote:Long Dog, for Charteris?

Bowzer - Huw Bennett

Correct, Long Dog aye.

Jughead - Ryan Jones

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Post by Guest on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 6:32 pm

Risca Rev - Reflection of Perfection (Shortened to Reflection for ease)


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Post by Portnoy on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 6:39 pm

Wingnuts Jenkins
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Post by rodders on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 6:41 pm

The Caveman Sebastian Chabal




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Post by MrsP on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 6:44 pm

Was he not Seabass?

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Post by Cymroglan on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 6:56 pm

Blade – Mike Blair
Bueller - Ferris
Sinbad – James Simpson-Daniel
Wagga- Hines
Wiggy – Graham Rowntree
36 – Billy Twelverees
Brian O’Driscoll was named ‘Monica Seles’ on the last Lions tour because of the grunty noises he makes playing table tennis
Brian Moore - Le Pit-Bull
Rob Andrew - Squeaky
Will Carling -Bumface because of the dimple
Craig Chalmers -Judith

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Post by rodders on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 7:06 pm

MrsP wrote:Was he not Seabass?

Yea at Sale but hes the Caveman in France...

What about Gordgodza's? Not sure if Godzilla is a play on his name or its because he looks like an unstoppable giant prehistoric Lizard! Shocked
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Post by Guest on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 7:09 pm

Some people have started using Godzilla for George North but adapted it to Gogzilla. Not sure that one will catch on though....

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Post by MrsP on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 7:10 pm

Mossy ....Chris Paterson

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Post by Guest on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 7:14 pm

The Doctor/The Jaw/Desperate Dan - Jamie Roberts

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Post by CurlyOsp on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 7:18 pm

rugbydreamer wrote:The Doctor/The Jaw/Desperate Dan - Jamie Roberts

Not forgetting Quagmire

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Post by rodders on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 7:21 pm

Shane Horgan - Shaggy
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Post by Portnoy on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 7:33 pm

But still I ask - how (and when for that matter) did Jiffy get his moniker?
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Post by Cymroglan on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 7:52 pm

Jonathan Davies Quote

“No-one knows why I am called Jiffy, but if I tell you, I've got to kill you!”- Jonathan Davies

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Post by doctor_grey on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 7:54 pm

Brian Lima - The Chiropractor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3awlQQqO7U

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Post by Portnoy on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 8:13 pm

Cymroglan wrote:Jonathan Davies Quote

“No-one knows why I am called Jiffy, but if I tell you, I've got to kill you!”- Jonathan Davies

It's got to be during his playing career. Otherwise he'd be called 'Numbers'.
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Post by nganboy on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 11:42 pm

Iceman was called iceman because of the number of icebags he used to wear after training because of all his injuries.
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Post by JLyall on Wed 07 Mar 2012, 7:01 am

Brian Lima - The Chiropractor (probably my favourite nickname)
Bryan Redpath - Basil
Gordon Simpson - Badger
Barry John - The King
Sam Warburton - Avatar
Richard Metcalfe - Too Tall (he was 7 foot 1)
Gary Armstrong - Junkyard Dog
Ian Smith - The Flying Scotsman
Patrice Lagisquet - Bayonne Express or something similar

One of my less witty friends has also taken to shouting "Denton! Dentooon! Oh Jesus Christ!" whenever Dave Denton makes a break for Scotland in response to the viral video of the dog chasing the deer through a park:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GRSbr0EYYU

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Post by eirebilly on Wed 07 Mar 2012, 7:59 am

I seem to remember the Aussies calling Daniel Herbert PAAF.

Which stood for Plssed as a fart. I found that a rather odd phrase when i was there but apparently its quite common.
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Post by ScarletSpiderman on Wed 07 Mar 2012, 9:49 am

Wasn't Warburton know as Long-Face and Avatar for a while?
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Post by ScarletSpiderman on Wed 07 Mar 2012, 9:49 am

Tip-Tackle Tipuric
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Post by bluestonevedder on Wed 07 Mar 2012, 10:05 am

My favourite one ever: BAM BAM (David Pocock)

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Post by pioden gorllewin on Wed 07 Mar 2012, 10:15 am

the claw - peter clohessy (ireland)

the clamp- alan bateman (wales/lions) think he picked up the nickname is oz while playing league, because he never missed a tackle.

trigger - dafydd james (wales) character from only fools and horses. apparently dafydd wasn't one of the brightest members in the welsh squad. during a welsh squad fitness testing dafydd became inconsolable that he discovered he had the lowest fat test measurments. he thought this meant he was the worse in the squad, even though the coaches/players etc tried to convince him that the lowest meant he was the best....he never got it.
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Post by dogtooth on Wed 07 Mar 2012, 11:38 am

im sure rob howley was known as 'the body'
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Post by bluestonevedder on Wed 07 Mar 2012, 11:48 am

'the body'? that's a strange one! do you know why dogtooth?

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Post by gregortree on Wed 07 Mar 2012, 11:57 am

Chabal:
SeaBass at Sale, but Caveman in France.

'Coochie', Chilcott
'Sinbad' Simpson Daniel
'HRH' Tindall
'Bayonne Express' Patrice Lagisquet

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Post by Mickado on Wed 07 Mar 2012, 11:59 am

Dom Ryan – Dippy
Shane Horgan – Shaggy
Cian Healy – Church
Keith Wood – Fester

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Post by dogtooth on Wed 07 Mar 2012, 11:59 am

bluestonevedder wrote:'the body'? that's a strange one! do you know why dogtooth?

because he used to work out, i think.

i saw a rob howley bit on scrumv a loooog time ago.
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Post by bluestonevedder on Wed 07 Mar 2012, 12:05 pm

Ah I see. Just thought it was a strange accolade for a scrum half!

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Post by bsando on Wed 07 Mar 2012, 6:48 pm

When I saw nicknames Tendai Mtawarira was the first player that came to mind.. AKA "Beaaaasssssstttttt!!!"

Richie Gray - Too Tall (although before I heard this nickname I always and still do call him "Big Rich". I also shout this sometimes... it is hilarious! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7YFIk7wHNU)

Nathan Hines - The Old Warrior, Wagga
Geoff Cross - The Good Dr (is that right?)
Euan Murray - Rev ( " " )
James O'Conor - Rabbit (although team mates cal him Justin Beiber)
David Pocock - Bam Bam
Robbie Deans - Dingo
Will Genia - Sanchez
Piri Weepu - Pow and I think some call him Wiri Peepu

Does anyone call Gavin Henson oompaloompa?





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