Being lost for the appropriate words with which to describe the beard worn by the South African back row Josh Strauss, who has now completed the necessary quarantine period and installed his magnificent specimen in a suitably airy, light and fecund greenhouse somewhere in Glasgow, I’m reduced to wondering exactly which Confederate Civil War general he resembles most. Maybe James Longstreet crossbred with Stonewall Jackson? If nothing else, it’s an image.
(Photo: Josh Strauss of the Lions during the 2012 Super Rugby match between MTN Lions and Brumbies at Coca Cola Park on April 27, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa. By Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images.)