11 of the best nicknames at the 2019 Rugby World Cup: Girthmister, Rikishi, Sausage, Teletubby…

We bring you the beast, ET fingers, sausage and many more hilarious nicknames from rugby players at the Rugby World Cup.

1. David Pocock (Australia) – Teletubby

 Earned his nickname from his namesake Po – although he could equally be the Kungfu Panda.

2. Jonathan Joseph (England) – ET Fingers

Got his nickname while playing for the London Irish youth team because of his ability to grip the rugby ball one-handed during the game.

3. Tadhg Furlong (Ireland) – Rikishi

The Irish tighthead says of his nickname: “My belly gets a good flash on national television.

“It came up in the video review, Joe Schmidt said “Oh, here comes WWF…”, not even WWE so, WWF, we’re going back a few years. And of course the lads jumped on the bandwagon and started calling me Rikishi, the big fat wrestler!”

4.Tendai Mtawarira (South Africa) – Beast 

“I was called ‘Beast’ at primary school, because I was a bit of a bully and the name has stuck ever since,” 

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