Top 5 NRL Haircuts of the 2000s
Rugby League is known to be a tough sport played mainly by tough men who have little regard for fashion trends which is more the domain of association football (soccer) players. However, occasionally an NRL player will come onto the field with a particularly obscure hair style that (whether intended or not) causes a lot of discussion among the punters. I have picked out the five more memorable hair styles of recent memory and listed them below.
Daly Cherry Evans is a very classy player. Rookie of the year and premiership winning halfback for Manly in his debut season (2011), there isn’t much this skinny blonde kid hasn’t achieved in short career in the top grade. However, after seeing the pseudo Mohawk he’s been sporting for the past couple of rounds, it’s clear that his sense of style leaves a little to be desired.
Willie is one of the most prominent rugby league players of the last decade and a half. Not only was he a dynamite prop and second row forward in his prime but off field antics have made him one of the most recognised figures in Australia, even among those who don’t watch footy. In 2002 Willie gained a cult following among Bulldogs after growing an afro that looked akin to the one made famous by Guy Sebastian during his stint in Idol… assuming Sebastian stuck his fingers into a power point.
Former Kiwi international Nigel Vagana went through a series of different hair styles during his 12 year first grade career including dreadlocks and cornrows. However, in 2006 and 2007 he stunned the league world by playing the game with can only be described as a three pronged goatee.
In 2009 Jamal Idris was a boom rookie reveling in a newly revived Bulldogs side thriving under the coaching of Kevin Moore. That year Idris’ barn storming runs out in the centres made him one of the most feared players in the competition. That said during this time this fear was somewhat tempered by his hair cut which was basically a series of dread locks tied into two pig tails.
During the 2005 season Webb was in arguably the best form of his career. He had just made the transfer from the Brisbane Broncos to a North Queensland Cowboy’s side that was starting to assert itself as a premiership force. Webb’s good form saw him selected in the Queensland State of Origin side for game 1 but he stunned fans and commentators alike when he came out with a large letter “Q” shaved into the side of his head. It wasn’t a good look and people assumed Webb had a sponsorship arrangement with property company QLD group due to the similarity in appearance between the “Q” shaved into Webb’s hair and the “Q” in the company’s logo. As it turned out that wasn’t actually the case.