I live a thirty minute walk from Twickenham Stadium which has been hosting the 2015 Rugby World Cup. My local swimming pool is on the same park which is the temporary home to one of the many free ‘Fan Zones’ around the UK. My dad brought me up a Scotland rugby supporter, yes I have much more English than Scottish blood in me but I will refrain from boring you with the reasons for our adopted team. Therefore, regardless of the venue I would always have followed the game results. Although the tournament has not taken over London quite like the Olympics did in 2012, its predominance on TV means it has influenced my evenings.
One of the great things about international sports tournaments is that you come across athletes you may not have been aware of before. Many of these men are not only fine specimens of well-built muscle groups but also possess striking facial qualities. During and following successful sports careers some players hold modelling, TV or promotions careers with clothing, nutrition or entertainment brands. This got me thinking, who might be the most lucrative off as well as on the rugby pitch. Below is my ‘model ten’. These men are not who I consider the most dashing or the best players of the tournament but those who independently of their current main professional could consider being in another industry.
Billy Twelvetrees- Gloucester skipper and England inside centre. It is hard not to be drawn to Twelvetrees’ angelic short blonde curls and perfectly symmetrical facial features, extremely rare in rugby. At once Romanesque and familiar in stature Twelvetrees could easily be featured on images for rural inspired outerwear brands such as Barbour or refined tailors such as Spencer Hart.
Dave Attwood-England’s lock has already been the pin up boy for Savile Row and royal tailor Gieves and Hawkes. Looking equally charming with and without a beard also makes him a versatile canvas for hip premium high street brands like Ted Baker or someone more indie such as Cole Haan.
John Barclay- Do you see Bradley Cooper-esque eyes and cheekbones in Scotland’s flanker too? His square jawline is ideal for growing designer stubble and hence for advertising razors and associated shaving accessories, but to do his beauty justice preferably of the higher end of the market, St James of London for instance.
Shoji Ito- Japan’s rugby union star has quite a few striking features, his precise goatee for starters, but also his hauntingly thick eye-brows which rise diagonally like the out stretched wings of a hunting eagle lend him an authoritative stare. If not as the face for a forward designing men’s tailor such as Richard James then his neat and precise demeanour could be well used to front an international hotel or bank chain wanting to earn customer trust.
Handre Pollard-the South African sun has blessed the fly-half a glowing complection ripe for promoting premium health promising juices or men’s skin products. He is a living advert for the benefits of vitamin D.
Dominic Day- Bath and Wale’s lock. His cool eyes, quiffed hair and elegant rugby ball-shaped head are smooth enough for any men’s fragrance looking for a role model.
David Pocock- the Australian beach genes are strong in this man and his athletic endeavours mean that he is both muscle laden and defined as well as possessing sun soaked hair, a dreamy and jealousy inducing combination for underwear or swim wear brands. Why has Aussie Bum not already signed him I ask?
Dimitri Szarzewski- with a mane like that on France’s hooker how on earth is he not already signed up with a hair care brand such as L’Oreal?! Football’s David Ginola did so previously, it must be time to inject the hair industry with the ruggedness of rugby surely.
Jamie Cudmore-this Canadian rugby team captain is protein supplements incarnate. To my disbelief I could find no evidence of an affiliation with a sports nutrition company, heaven knows why.
Yannick Nyanga- plays for France but despite his aggressive role his pristine pearly smile wins confidence easily which is why I would suggest he front campaigns for telecoms or insurance companies. Alternatively, his lean athletic frame would lend itself well to clothing brands such as Benetton or Tommy Hilfiger who shy away from anaemic models in favour of more wholesome outdoorsy types.