REVEALED: Here are the brilliant nicknames of the Lions players

Here are the nicknames of the British & Irish Lions 2017, who are about to do battle with New Zealand in the third Test decider in Auckland.

Read more about how they got their nicknames at Wales Online.

  • SAM WARBURTON (AVATAR) – “It’s something to do with my appearance, apparently,”
  • LIAM WILLIAMS (SANJAY) – Based the former market trader from Eastenders!


  • MAKO VUNIPOLA (SNORLAX) – The big man sleeps a lot and snores. Makes sense
  • JAMES HASKELL (ALWAYS MORE) – Because of his hunger for more, whether it be food or training


  • JACK NOWELL (KIKO) – “Gonzalo Camacho was at Exeter when there was a portly Argentine soap actor called Kiko and let’s just say I came back from injury a little lardy.”
  • TOMMY SEYMOUR (STERN) – “My nickname is Stern because they say I’m always grumpy,”


  • TADHG FURLONG (RIKISHI) – “It came up in the video review, Joe Schmidt said “Oh, here comes WWF…”
  • JONATHAN DAVIES (FOX)
  • ELLIOT DALY (BRIEFCASE) –  He turned up at his first Wasps training session in his Whitgift school uniform carrying one! Very Inbetweeners like.

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  • JONATHAN JOSEPH (ET FINGERS) –  Because of his ability to grip the rugby ball one-handed
  • MARO ITOJE (THE PEARL)
  • CONOR MURRAY (BIEBER) – Compared often to Justin Biebeer
  • OWEN FARRELL (LITTLE FAZ) – Because Andy Farrell, his Dad, is never far away
  • KEN OWENS (SHERIFF) – A nod to his grandfather having been mayor of Carmarthen


  • JONATHAN SEXTON (THE RAT) –  “It’s the Rat as I can be really grumpy.”
  • IAIN HENDERSON (THE LLAMA) – Donncha O’Callaghan christened him with the name after first clasping eyes on the bearded Ulsterman
  • SEAN O’BRIEN (THE TULLOW TANK) – He’s from Tullow and he’s a tank. Simple.
  • DAN COLE (THE VIKING) – Once upon a time he had fair hair and a beard
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