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If Tadhg Furlong Is Rikishi, Here Are 15 Other Irish Rugby WWE Nicknames

If Tadhg Furlong Is Rikishi, Here Are 15 Other Irish Rugby WWE Nicknames
By Mikey Traynor
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Yesterday we heard that Ireland and Leinster prop Tadhg Furlong is being called 'Rikishi' by his international teammates after a comment made by Joe Schmidt, and we absolutely loved it.

We're massive fans of the Attitude era of WWF, now WWE, wrestling here on Balls.ie, but we're sure you knew that already, so we were delighted to see that world collide with the world of Irish rugby.

Needing absolutely no invitation to descend into ridiculousness, we decided to have a go at some other nicknames that may fit, and while some of them are shite, others are absolutely sensational.

Behold what we have come up with after roughly 20 minutes of hilarious conversation in the office:

Tadhg Furlong - Rikishi

The original, and best, if you missed the story behind it be sure to catch up.

Iain Henderson - Kane

He's massive, he's an absolute nightmare for his opponents, but underneath it all he's a nice guy. We're talking masked Kane, and not the business man that became of the character.

Sean Cronin - Bubba Ray Dudley

Possibly our favourite on the list, Cronin is Bubbay Ray because you wouldn't expect much if you were to look at him, and then bang he's gone on a 40 meter run out of nowhere and smashed you through a table. We just need to find him a D-Von...


Devin Toner - The Big Show

By far the easiest nickname on this list. Devin is The Big Show.

Sean O'Brien - Stone Cold Steve Austin

First of all, he's a beast. Other countries always know he's a dangerman, and people twitch like Vince McMahon when he hits them.

C.J. Stander - The Rock


The People's Champ. Absolutely no visual similarities, just two great blokes.


Conor Murray - Shawn Michaels

The heartbreak kid, ladies love him, and he's got some sweet kicks as well.

Johnny Sexton - Bret Hart

The best in the business, but then he fecked off! And then he came back.. Maybe there's a more detailed analysis on the similarities between the careers of Bret Hart and Jonny Sexton.

Simon Zebo - Tha Godfather

The most likely member of the Irish rugby team to wear a big gold chain with his own name on it.


Robbie Henshaw - Randy Orton

Young, exciting, the future of the franchise.

Andrew Trimble - Christian

The blonde hair, the high-flying manoeuvres... And George Hook always call him a 'good Christian lad' as well.

Cian Healy - Tazz

Stocky, aggresive, and capable of effortlessly throwing people around the place.


Peter O'Mahoney - Mankind

A lovely man off the pitch, but when he crosses that white line there is nothing he wouldn't do for the cause. Who is the most likely to throw themselves off the top of a cell to get the win? Pete.

Garry Ringrose - Jeff Hardy

Electifying talent who everybody wants to see on the big stage.

Tommy Bowe - Edge

Most likely to hit a spear out of nowhere, would make a great Ulster Edge/Christian tag-team with Andrew Trimble too.


Steve Blackman - Rob Kearney

This one freaked us out a bit. They might be the same person.. Has anyone ever spotted Kearney with a kendo stick?

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