TOKYO, Oct 8 - Wales are ready to send out an SOH (Save Our Hair) to flanker Josh Navidi's brother. Hairdresser Sam gave some of the squad a short back and sides before the Australia game but is now back in South Wales, where he has two salons in Bridgend.
"He was here for two weeks and came in and did the boys' haircuts to freshen them up for the game," said Navidi, pictured above. "But now the boys are struggling to find a barber, so they might have a few wild haircuts. The boys are saying they will pay for his ticket to come back."
Navidi has no need of his brother's help, even though his trademark dreadlocks mean he has the most distinctive tresses in the entire squad, because his mother is still in Japan. "I just shave the sides, and my beard, and my mum tidies it up for me. My parents have got an open ticket, so however far we go, they will be here.”
Garry keeps a lid on it
Still on a tonsorial theme, Ireland centre Garry Ringrose's sense of adventure in Fukuoka resulted in a haircut that wasn't exactly to his liking. Ringrose, below left, was sporting a cap when he appeared before the media alongside Jordi Murphy. So how did he feel about the new look?
"I'll let you be the judge of that," he replied, before thinking better of it and keeping the cap firmly in place. "Actually, I won't," he added. "I think it just needs an extra day or two of growth and it should be safe."
There's nothing more certain to leave you feeling puny than sitting next to a Sumo wrestler, even if you are a ripped rugby player like Namibia flanker Rohan Kitshoff, left, and hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld.
If you have trouble keeping track of your possessions in a foreign country, spare a thought for chief baggage handlers such as Italy’s Alberto Calabro. Every player and staff member has three pieces of luggage – one large suitcase, one small suitcase and a rucksack – so it means there are 150 bags alone for the staff.
Add in the boxes of playing and training kit, physio and medical equipment and other sundry items and that number doubles, so the job of moving it all from one venue to another requires supreme organisational skills. Calabro began preparations for Sunday’s move from Shizuoka to Toyota City as soon as they returned to the hotel following Friday evening’s match against South Africa.
Once all the bags are ready, they are carted away in official Rugby World Cup vans, ready to be unpacked at their next home from home.
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