Following a request in the forum, here's a list of all the nicknames for rugby players we've managed to put together recently. It probably isn't absolutely comprehensive and of course as new players come on the scene they will probably earn their own nicknames. That being the case, the list can be added to by anyone on the forum, but I think the best way to manage it will be if I or another mod simply edits this opening post to add in contributions/explanation before deleting them - this isn't a "nicknames discussion thread" or a "nicknames creation thread" (there are already a couple of those), just a resource for people who may not be as familiar with commonly-used nicknames of players/coaches/referees/teams etc, so they don't feel left out or in the dark when taking part in discussions.
All I'm doing is copying and pasting relevant contributions from a variety of posters to a previous thread, so this isn't going to be in alphabetical order or anything like that and there will probably be repetitions. If you want to find a nickname, just use you browser's Edit > Find function (or whatever function browsers other than Firefox use) to search the page for it. I should also point out that I'm merely copying & pasting, not vouching for the veracity of the information supplied - some of which looks pretty dubious to me!! Also, a few of these are a bit X-rated, so if you're easily offended then perhaps you shouldn't read on.
And one last thing. If you don't already know who Big Pete is, you never will. And you're nathin but a bandwagoner.
Ok, here we go ....
Beta is pretty self explanatory, Donncha O'Callaghan was the first DOC = Alpha.
Dave O'Callaghan is the second DOC so he's Beta.
The Bear, as Dumptruck has said, was a made up rumor nickname about the size of Denis Leamy's hands.
I believe Puppy was in relation to Marcus' physique as a younger man (from years ago? maybe even his Shannin days?)
The team named McGahan Dumper IIRC
Champers is Shaun Payne, Shaunpayne sounds a lot like Champagne
Fester is Woody, self explanatory.
DoC V 2.0/beta Dave O'Callaghan
Puppy- Marcus Horan
A lot are self explanatory....Donners ,Rog, POC etc
Not Nots -London Irish
London Saffas- Saracens
Felix has been called Noddy on here from time to time (again self explanatory)
J-Lo - Ian Dowling - cause he has a massive arse like Jennifer Lopez
Bambi - Barry Murphy
Dayglo--Lawerence Dallalagio coz no one could spell his name
Sonic---was nigel owens
Heard recently that the players used to call Lifiemi Mafi, Larry Murphy
Cooder is Eddie O'Sullivan. Cooder is a character in the Simpsons who worked in a carnival of some sort and Eddie or his family worked in a carnival of some sort.
Chris Czekaj - '28' - The score his name would get in a game of scrabble.
36 ............... billy Twelvetrees...
P3 = Petrie Wannenburg in Ulster (his first name)
22poo = Sammy Tuitupu
Gerald Cordle (ex Cardiff). - Teflon - because he had non-stick hands
Felix is also known as Bobcat - Felix the Cat plus the bobbleheaded way he runs. In fact he also gets called Bobblehead. [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Andrew/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msoclip1/01/clip_image002.gif[/IMG]
Some additions to the above - Toasterhead is Darragh Hurley, Dinny is Denis Hurley. Mushy is Tony Buckley. Paul O'Connell is occasionally referred to as Superman, although pedants will point out that it's Superman who wears Paul O'Connell pyjamas. Coughlan's name is often deliberately mis-spelt as Cawlin, in a nod to the inability of Corkonians to pronounce it correctly (including James himself). Conor Murray is apparently known as Bieber, Tomás O'Leary as ... what's that French footballer's name again? Donncha Ryan is The Terminator or T1000 (cos a photo of his angry face from the NZ game resembled that of the shape-shifting one).
My favourite non-Munster player nicknames are those given to Luke Fitzgerald, who is intermittently known as Jedward, Blue Steel or Zoolander. Stephen Ferris is Fez or Bueller, Andrew Trimble is Ned Flanders, Jamie Roberts is Quagmire, Martin Johnson is Lurch
Frank Ribery for Tomas O'leary.
you could also refer to either as Simple Jack.
Father Jack..... Denis Hickey...
Barnet for Danny Barnes
Prince Caspian for Danny Barnes, not because with his golden locks and dreamy face he looks like Prince Caspian, but because he was a roadie for seminal Dublin band Aslan to pay his way through college. Christy Dignam wrote the song "Goodbye Charlie Moonhead" about him when he heard Barnes had quit to take up a place in the Academy.
Cardiff Coaches Justin Burnell and Gareth Baber are known as Justin Bieber courtesy of the legend that is Tom Shanklin.
They are also known as Dumb and Dumber
Cian Healy is known as Church (or variants) because he actively DJ's as DJ Church
Kearney has been referred to as Slug and Robnoxious
Conor Murray was known as Bieber by the Irish squad in NZ at the RWC...presumably the hair/being young
Jamie Roberts is known locally in Cardiff as Dr. Jaw
My favourite nickname is for Pat Lam, who in his playing days was known as the Chiropractor because of the way your bones would be rearranged after being tackled by him
I do believe the chiropractor to have been a Lima who lined out for Munster
He neever actually played for us. Was injured in training.
p.s. He was also called The Chiropodist here [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Andrew/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msoclip1/01/clip_image003.gif[/IMG]
Clive Woodward = Lord Bald.
Eddie O'Sullivan = The Dagger.
Johnny O'Connor = Johnny O'Concrete (cos he's as hard as ....)
Simon and Guy Easterby are Goodbunny and Badbunny respectively.
A few Leinster ones - Seán O'Brien gets called The Tank (or is it just Tank?). Leo Cullen is Plug (after the Bash Street Kids character). Jamie Heaslip gets Invisible Man, Kneeslip, Houdini - none of them complimentary I suppose! Pretty sure Devin Toner's been called something like the Crane, or some other reference to his height. Didn't Malcolm O'Kelly have one as well, based on his infamous laziness? Isa Nacewa used to get called Dougie Lite, although I think he's cemented his own reputation over the past couple of seasons enough for that to have dropped out of usage.
Malcolm O´Kelly = the ruck inspector.
I heard John kelly always wore the Highly priced, Top of range clothes, hence the name Rags.
Apparently Kelly bought some 2nd hand clothes - they were trendy or somesuch....hasn't been let forget that one!
toasterhead = Darragh Hurley
Chris Wyatt = One Man Riot
Steve Thompson, aka Fat C*nt (courtesy of Jerry Flannery [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Andrew/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msoclip1/01/clip_image004.gif[/IMG]).
He was also known as The Pop-up Pirate around these parts.
I don't think anyone needs an explanation of "Florence"?
Was Martin Johnson known as Ferengie?
How about the following welsh beauties? Nugget,Tango,Alfie,Hairbear,Polar bear,Giraffe,Wellies.
Adam Jones - Hair Bear *cartoon character)
Duncan Jones -Polar (when his blond hair was short)
Gethin Jenkins - Melon (size of his shaved head)
Martyn Williams - Nugget (his hair colour)
Stephen Jones - Wellies (the way he trundles across the pitch like he's wearing wellies and not boots)
Shane Williams - Ickle (his size)
Not to forget David "killer" Kilcoyne, not actually a reference to his surname but rather, like all Ardscoil men, he does extraordinarily well with the ladies, hence he's a ladykiller, also, he killed some people.
Martin Offiah - Chariots of Fire
Jason Robinson - Billy Whizz
Will Carling - Bumface (his chin)
Shane Byrne - Mullet
Craig Chalmers - Judith
Simon Webster - Malkovich
Stephen Larkham - Bernie (named after the corpse in Weekend in Bernies cause so laid back)
John Eales - Nobody (Nobody's perfect)
Devin Toner - Too tall
The best I've heard since I got to Oz is an injury prone fella (name deserts me) who used to play Super 14 called Tampon. He was in one week and out for the next 3!!!
Bernie – Stephen Larkham- after the corpse in Weekend at Bernies- laid back attidude.
Nobody- John Eales- Nobodys perfect.
What was Tom Bowmans nick again...disaster
Giraffe-Luke Charteris ,Tango-James Hook,Alfie-Gareth Thomas
Barry Davies lost part of his ear in a car crash, after which he was known as 18 Months, as he only had an ear and a half (works far better when said aloud in a Welsh accent).
(That was Part 1, based on character count. Part 2 to follow ....)