lining up to date Welsh international players, England heroes making the front of newspapers as often as they feature on the back pages, and a handful of players even putting in a pretty decent turn on Strictly Come Dancing’, rugby player chic is certainly not all sweat and broken noses as it might once have been.
Rugby’s fans, famously, have been a more civilized’ bunch than the average football crowd. That doesn’t mean to say Swing Low Sweet Chariot’ at Twickenham isn’t easily sung out with as much gusto as You’ll Never Walk Alone’ when Liverpool FC are playing at Anfield, but the match-day gear of the passionate fan watching the hooligan’s game played by gentlemen’ is far more likely to be along the lines of the Cotton Traders rugby shirt in natural fibers rather than the shiny synthetic finish of the ubiquitous football strip look’.
You can be sure that as the Six Nations 2012 tournament heats up this spring fans in the bars and cafes around Murrayfield in Edinburgh, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, and the Stade de France in Paris, will be matching those classic rugby shirts and twill-collar rugger’ tops (all in official national co lours, of course) with a classic array of Barbours and slacks.
But how does the rugby hero of 2012 shape up against his Premiership soccer counterpart? Busty model and actress Kelly Brook is currently dating former Scotland international, Thom Evans and has also caused a stir posing in a slinky version of a rugby referee’s shirt for her latest Reebok fashion shoot. Before Evans, she was girlfriend to rugby union heartthrob Danny Cipriani, so the recent photos of her reclining in a bath’ of silver oval balls as part of the latest Reebok EasyTone advertising campaign offers an indication that she votes in favor of the egg-chasers.
To date, the Royal Family hasn’t knowingly married into football, but rugby player Mike Tindall did tie the knot with his long-time girlfriend and fellow sporting champ Zara Phillips in 2011 at a ceremony attended by her grandparents "the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh… She may not quite match the style-royalty status afforded to Victoria Beckham and her own personal fashion line just yet, but give it a couple of years and we might just see 'eau de scrum half pour homme’ on every dad’s gift list.
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