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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:48 am

It occurred to me again this morning, as I read it on these boards, what a lousy nickname 'Faz' is.

First of all, it's a lazy nickname that's taken barely any thought whatsoever, and secondly it looks as stupid as it sounds (IMHO).

Does any other player have a worse nickname?

For balance, seeing as it's England v Wales week, I've always thought 'Tips' was a cr@p nickname too.

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Post by Scottrf on Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:49 am

Samson Lee: Gypsy Boy.

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Post by David-Douglas on Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:52 am

Jiffy?

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:08 am

Yeah 'Jiffy' isn't great. But it's not as lazy as 'Faz'.

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Re: Stupidest Nickname in World Rugby

Post by The Oracle on Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:08 am

Not sure if they're stupid, but the Welsh boys have some silly ones off the top of my head:

Melon - Gethin Jenkins
Sanjay - Liam Williams
Alfie - Gareth Thomas. Actually that's genius when you look at them both!
JD2 - JD2
Foxy - JD2
Cubby - JD2's brother

Others I like and are more inventive than stupid:
Chariots - Offiah
36 - Billy Twelve Trees (need an Irish accent for that one)

My all time favourite:
Fish - Paul Tito - "because he's all arms and legs"!
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Post by TJ on Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:55 am

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Sheck, Angela, Tiny tim, batman, frodo, meatball, Tennessee Tam. Turnstile tim. Beaker, Rhubarb?

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:05 pm

I suppose technically 'Christine' for Chris Dean is a lazy nickname, but it's too funny and obvious to ignore!

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Post by LondonTiger on Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:09 pm

Luckless Pedestrian wrote:I suppose technically 'Christine' for Chris Dean is a lazy nickname, but it's too funny and obvious to ignore!

Nah, lazy is the England Cricket team. With Stoney, Vincey, Rooty, Jonny, Stokesy, Woaksy, Woody, Broady, Bally, Jimmy - it was almost remarkable that Alastair Cook became Chef and not Cooky Very Happy

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:14 pm

And Vaughany, Swanny and Straussy before that....

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Post by TightHEAD on Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:18 pm

Gats.

Lazy.
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Post by TightHEAD on Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:18 pm

LondonTiger wrote:
Luckless Pedestrian wrote:I suppose technically 'Christine' for Chris Dean is a lazy nickname, but it's too funny and obvious to ignore!

Nah, lazy is the England Cricket team. With Stoney, Vincey, Rooty, Jonny, Stokesy, Woaksy, Woody, Broady, Bally, Jimmy - it was almost remarkable that Alastair Cook became Chef and not Cooky Very Happy

I know him as Cookie.
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Post by tigertattie on Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:20 pm

Lazy is calling a player by one of their middle names, but Ragnar Fagerson is just too good!

Best name ever was John "The great white shark" Jeffery
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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:23 pm

That could be confusing when you had Derek White in the back row as well!

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:30 pm

The feckin Honey Badger!!!

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Post by Rugby Fan on Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:59 pm

Never really liked "Nobody" for John Eales, since it sounded too contrived ("because 'nobody's' perfect")

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Re: Stupidest Nickname in World Rugby

Post by TightHEAD on Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:00 pm

Campo..........

Maybe it was code for something else?
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Post by No 7&1/2 on Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:03 pm

I'd have to echo 36 as the best one I've heard.

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Post by WELL-PAST-IT on Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:12 pm

36 for me as well.

Although Wilkinson's had the most success, he had a chain of stores named after him.

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Re: Stupidest Nickname in World Rugby

Post by NeilyBroon on Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:13 pm

Ryan Wilson calls Duncan Taylor 'Screech' because he looks like the character from Saved by the Bell.

Pretty accurate to be fair.
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Post by furra_linee on Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:25 pm

Dunno about stupidest:
Best nickname I've heard was for Kevin "Porno" Maggs, centre for Ireland in the 90s.

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Post by LordDowlais on Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:26 pm

Nugget, for Martin Williams. Laugh

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Post by The Oracle on Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:30 pm

furra_linee wrote:Dunno about stupidest:
Best nickname I've heard was for Kevin "Porno" Maggs, centre for Ireland in the 90s.

That’s brilliant!
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Re: Stupidest Nickname in World Rugby

Post by Pot Hale on Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:33 pm

BOD, POM, POC, DOC, MOK, TOD, ROG...
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Re: Stupidest Nickname in World Rugby

Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:09 pm

NeilyBroon wrote:Ryan Wilson calls Duncan Taylor 'Screech' because he looks like the character from Saved by the Bell.

Pretty accurate to be fair.

I like that!

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Post by RiscaGame on Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:01 pm

Hersh

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Post by Maine man on Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:19 pm

James "the Brand" Haskell

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:33 pm

TightHEAD wrote:Campo..........

Maybe it was code for something else?

You mean fu*"ing wan**r!!

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Post by aucklandlaurie on Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:14 pm

Guzzler.

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Post by aucklandlaurie on Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:16 pm

I always thought Barney was funny.

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Post by cascough on Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:48 am

Pot Hale wrote: BOD, POM, POC, DOC, MOK, TOD, ROG...

Only some of those were actually used in anything other than written text though?

I thought everyone called O'Driscoll Drico? O'Connell Paulie? O'Gara Rog...oh yeah you can have that one. Surely no-one has ever O'Mahony Pom?

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Re: Stupidest Nickname in World Rugby

Post by cascough on Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:54 am

Rugby Fan wrote:Never really liked "Nobody" for John Eales, since it sounded too contrived ("because 'nobody's' perfect")

True, and it strikes me as something that is repeated as a nice little anecdote that players and pundits alike will drop into interviews, but not something that sounds like it was ever used. I could be wrong on that of course.

I also don't think lazy nicknames are that bad, since that's kinda the point IMO. When you start putting too much effort into them, or they get longer than someone's actual name, you've missed the point.

Nick Cummins' nickname isn't really the Honey Badger. That's used anecdotally but in practice his nickname is the badge. Which is a lazy appropriation of the Honey badger. Faz is fine, it does the job.

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Re: Stupidest Nickname in World Rugby

Post by Dontheman2 on Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:23 pm

Bomb- Adam Jones. Love it!

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Post by jimbopip on Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:33 pm

When George Gregan was setting the world record for consecutive caps the Wallabies' second choice 9 was known by his team-mates as "Anthems" because that was the only time he got on the pitch.

At the same time the All Blacks were captained by a flanker (whose name I forget) whose nickname in the team was "Suitcase" because the rest of the team were fed up carrying him.

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Post by Scottrf on Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:35 pm

jimbopip wrote:When George Gregan was setting the world record for consecutive caps the Wallabies' second choice 9 was known by his team-mates as "Anthems" because that was the only time he got on the pitch.

At the same time the All Blacks were captained by a flanker (whose name I forget) whose nickname in the team was "Suitcase" because the rest of the team were fed up carrying him.

I read that was his nickname in the press. Would be a bit brutal for a nickname from teammates.

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Post by jimbopip on Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:47 pm

Scottrf wrote:
jimbopip wrote:When George Gregan was setting the world record for consecutive caps the Wallabies' second choice 9 was known by his team-mates as "Anthems" because that was the only time he got on the pitch.

At the same time the All Blacks were captained by a flanker (whose name I forget) whose nickname in the team was "Suitcase" because the rest of the team were fed up carrying him.

I read that was his nickname in the press. Would be a bit brutal for a nickname from teammates.

If I remember rightly most of the team came from the Crusaders and he played for one of the less fancied teams so the feeling was that the coaches were "seeing" all the unseen work he was doing while the team , frankly, were not.

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Post by BamBam on Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:36 pm

I assumed that referred to Reuben Thorne, but I'm sure he played for Crusaders!

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Post by Gooseberry on Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:51 pm

Sleptwithaman Cipriani

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Post by Collapse2005 on Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:55 pm

Church for Cian Healy is stooopid. He used to be known as bungalow too.

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:09 pm

Collapse2005 wrote:Church for Cian Healy is stooopid. He used to be known as bungalow too.

Why those nicknames?

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Post by Collapse2005 on Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:18 pm

Luckless Pedestrian wrote:
Collapse2005 wrote:Church for Cian Healy is stooopid. He used to be known as bungalow too.

Why those nicknames?

Bungalow because he was big downstairs but there is nothing upstairs. Not sure why he was called Church.

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:23 pm

He still calls himself Church, doesn't he? Although I don't think a nickname should count if you give it to yourself.

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Post by Collapse2005 on Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:37 pm

Luckless Pedestrian wrote:He still calls himself Church, doesn't he? Although I don't think a nickname should count if you give it to yourself.

I don't think he originally gave it to himself. I think it had to do with some of his in rugby like pastimes.

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Post by doctor_grey on Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:00 pm

furra_linee wrote:Dunno about stupidest:
Best nickname I've heard was for Kevin "Porno" Maggs, centre for Ireland in the 90s.
I actually think Porno is a great nickname.
I would have to imagine that when he would have introduced himself to a woman, if she didn't run away quickly, life was going to be reeealy good.

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Post by Scarpia on Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:03 pm

Wasn't it on a Lions tour that "Only The Good" was applied to Dai Young?

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Post by Mr Bounce on Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:35 pm

Shaggy for Will Greenwood (obvious)
Fun Bus for Jason Leonard
Gareth Anscombe is apparently called "Chicken" because of his skinny legs laughing
I love that Brian Lima was referred to as The Chiropractor

My mate and I often give players our own nicknames whilst watching internationals but they're mostly too contrived and/or out of context to make any sense to anyone on here... thumbsup

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