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Revealed! The stories behind 12 of the strangest rugby player nicknames

7. Fox – Jonathan Davies

With his parents having run the Fox & Hounds pub in Bancyfelin, Wales centre Jonathan Davies was destined to be known as Fox. Inevitably, his younger brother James is the Cub!


8. 36 – Billy Twelvetrees

Twelvetrees started his career English giants Leicester and it was not long before he was ‘christened’ by their Ireland fullback Geordan Murphy.

“What do twelve trees [threes] make?” said Leicester captain Murphy in his broadest Irish accent. “It’s simple, 36.”


9. Sheriff – Ken Owens

In a nod to his grandfather having been mayor of Carmarthen and council chairman, Scarlets hooker Ken Owens is The Sheriff. Also known as Cannonball Ken for his ball carrying.

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