<em><strong>A quick search through the archives brings you the statistics and facts that really matter - this week we take a look back across the years at the worst hairstyles ever to grace the international field.</strong></em><br />
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<font color="#009900"><strong>1. Percy Montgomery (SA)</strong></font><br />
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A mop of blonde hair cut with a Timotei wave and blow-dried quiff. <br />
The Springbok fullback looks like he should be lead singer of a boy band rather than an international rugby player. <br />
For a country that claims their players tackle wilderbeest for fun, Montgomery's salon coiffured barnet is a real disgrace.<br />
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<font color="#FF0000"><strong>2. Scott Quinnell (Wales)</strong></font><br />
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Peroxided hair on the whole is pretty distasteful. <br />
On French stand-offs like Thomas Castaignede it is bearable, if slightly annoying. But when you're a pasty-faced, 18 stone Welshmen it's a disaster. <br />
Whoever told Quinnell he'd be the trendiest man in Llanelli if he bleached his hair should not be employed as anyone's style counsel.<br />
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<font color="#0000CC"><strong>3. Eric Champ (France)</strong></font><br />
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Not content with having the silliest name in international rugby, this former French flanker also felt compelled to have one of the silliest haircuts. <br />
The original 'spaghetti head', Champ boasted a white man's Afro. <br />
He was 6ft 3 to start with, but with his noodle extensions he stood an impressive 7ft 3.<br />
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<font color="#FF0000"><strong>4. Duncan and Adam Jones (Wales)<br />
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These two cannot be seperated for obvious reasons. Known, imaginatively as 'The Hair Bear Bunch', this attractive duo of gorgeous Welsh props look almost like a photographic negative of each other.<br />
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<font color="#FF0000"><strong>5. John Taylor (Wales)</strong></font><br />
He played like Neanderthal man but he also looked like Neanderthal man. Hair growing from every available orifice in every concievable direction, a truly terrifying sight for any No.10. Not known as 'Basil Brush' to his Wales team-mates for nothing, even in the style-free 1970s, Taylor's noggin was a shocker. Taylor ismost famous for his 1971 last-minute conversion that defeated Scotland 19-18 at Murrayfield. One overly exuberant Welsh journalist called it <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" align="texttop" /> "The Greatest Conversion since St.Paul's" <img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" align="absbottom" /></p></blockquote><br />
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<font color="#0000CC"><strong>6. Philippe Sella (France)</strong></font><br />
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Sella was unarguably one of the hardest men ever to play international rugby, but his legendary reputation was not enhanced by his haircut. The 'pudding bowl' is rare in rugby. <br />
Let's face it, such barnets have been pretty thin on the ground since the early 15th century. Dean Richards almost had one, Jeff Wilson got close in his early years, but Sella's was unsurpassed for every one of his staggering 111 caps.<br />
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<font color="#0000CC"><strong>7. John Jeffrey (Scotland)</strong></font><br />
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The Borders flanker known as the 'White Shark' looked like he had been dead for 10 years and his haircut didn't help. <br />
It was white as snow and sort of stuck up from his head in a thick mass - almost like someone had put 10,000 volts through him.<br />
He was unmistakable throughout his Scotland and British Lions Career, highlighted by the famous Scottish Grand Slam of 1990.<br />
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<font color="#FFCC00"><strong>8. Kane Cleal (Australia)</strong></font><br />
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OK, so I'll admit that as a League player, its cheaating slightly, but you have to admit his hair has a certain 'Neanderthal' chic.<br />
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Cleal, son of the famous League Legend, Noel 'Crusher' Cleal (no oil painting himself, it must be said) is starting his second season at The Bulldogs. <br />
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<strong><font color="#009900">9. Joost van der Westuisen (South Africa)</font></strong><br />
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van der Westuisen must be worth a mention. He doesn't have a ridiculous haircut persay, just a ridiculous haircut for hard-nosed baby-eating international. <br />
Even well into his 20s, he looked like a 13 year old computer geek. The hair suggests: <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" align="texttop" /> "I'd rather be changing the RAM in my new PC than spear tackling my opposite number back across the gain-line" <img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" align="absbottom" /></p></blockquote><br />
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<font color="#FF0000"><strong>10. Clive Norling (Wales)</strong></font><br />
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This is a little unfair because he's a referee not a player but Norling's barnet was unacceptable. Long, black, straight, usually greasy and accompanied with a moustache. <br />
Nevermind that he was an inspired referee, he should never been allowed to appear on global TV networks looking like that.<br />
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<strong>Runners-up:</strong> Honourable mentions go to Neil Back (England), Neil Jenkins (Wales) and Trevor Leota (Samoa) who were all in contention for the final placings. <br />
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