When Super League kicked off on Friday night, few pundits and fans would have predicted that one of the most talked about features of the opening weekend would be hairstyles.
It was Blake Wallace’s crazy concoction that attracted most attention on Friday as a 1980s-wannabe mullet graced the Sky Sports cameras before Castleford’s Cheyse Blair took it one step further.
But, just which haircuts earn a place for the most bizarre ones ever in Super League history?
The Hull FC star used to have a relatively normal cut before returning to Australia to play for Wests Tigers. It seems the humidity went to his head as Fonua shaved the front, leaving the back to grow out and he’s never looked back since. Now nearly down to his shoulders, the winger’s hair looks pretty radical to say the least and certainly plays up to Fonua’s toughness on the field.
Maurie Fa’asavalu made his name in Rugby League for St Helens over a period of seven years. In that time, the rampaging forward adorned many hairstyles, including a brutish, short look, but it was his 2007 barnet that left its mark on Super League. With two pigtails out the side and a long mop at the back, Fa’asavalu certainly raised a few eyebrows.
Throughout his lengthy career, Sean Long copped a lot of stick for his variously inventive hairstyles, but it was his pigtails and dreadlocks that caught the eye the most. The halfback was always in the limelight for his slick on-field play, but his trim on this occasion was the main talking point.
He played for Castleford before the advent of Super League in 1996, but Tawera Nikau retuned to the UK in 2000 to ply his trade for Warrington Wolves. The loose-forward that put the mullet on the map, Nikau was very much party at the front and business in the back, sporting the hairstyle throughout his entire Rugby League career.
The Maltese playmaker made the headlines in his first season at Crusaders RL in 2010, helping to steer the Welsh club to a famous play-off spot in that year. But, his introduction to the British game also hit a high note with his cornrows and bushy-tailed plait really kicking things off at the Magic Weekend.