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Monday 11 December 2017

Gordon D'Arcy: Sheer laziness is behind beard, not style

Leinster's Gordon D'Arcy during a press conference ahead of their Heineken Cup 2match against Castres on Sunday
Leinster's Gordon D'Arcy during a press conference ahead of their Heineken Cup 2match against Castres on Sunday
9 November 2013; Gordon D'Arcy, Ireland. Guinness Series International, Ireland v Samoa, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
7 December 2013; Gordon D'Arcy, Leinster, is tackled by Glenn Dickson, Northampton Saints. Heineken Cup 2013/14, Pool 1, Round 3, Northampton Saints v Leinster. Franklins Gardens, Northampton, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Leinster and Ireland centre Gordon D’Arcy may be in a select band of Irish sports stars sporting a full beard, but claims it is due to laziness rather than style.

The international has been as eye-catching for his facial hair as he has been for his performances on the pitch and said that it all stemmed from a lazy summer attitude.

"During pre-season you get a little bit lazy," he told Pat Kenny on Newstalk.

"When the season kicked in I decided 'Why not? I'll give it a whack'. My wife likes it," Gordon added. "She's the most important person."

Grizzly frontrows are no strangers to the caveman look, but D’Arcy has set new ground for his fellow backs.

D’Arcy and his wife Aoife Cogan married in 2012 and are now partners in business as well as love, having just set up a reformer Pilates studio on Dublin's Grattan Street called Form School (www.formschool.ie).

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