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Blair Cowan: London Irish and Scotland again row completes barber qualification

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Blair Cowan: London Irish and Scotland again row completes barber qualification

Blair Cowan: London Irish and Scotland again row qualifies as barber

For skilled rugby gamers, planning for all times after retirement could be difficult.

However one Scotland worldwide has already taken lively steps in the direction of his post-playing profession by qualifying as a barber.

Blair Cowan, a towering again row for London Irish recognised for his personal set of flowing darkish locks, has executed simply that and his team-mates are serving to guarantee he has loads of alternatives to observe.

And as an alternative of his traditional position of attempting to wrestle the ball from opposition gamers, it is now snip, snip as an alternative of strip, strip.

The altering room on the membership’s Sunbury coaching floor is repeatedly reworked into Blair’s personal barber store.

As a rule, it is going to be hair clippings in addition to mud from boots swept up off the ground on the finish of a day.

“Rugby involves an finish and also you get to an age and stage in your profession the place you critically take into consideration what you wish to do,” Cowan advised BBC Sport.

“I experimented with a couple of issues and did a couple of programs. However I received chatting to my barber at his store in Surbiton at some point and I loved seeing his way of life and the craft of it.

“I requested about get into it and mainly swept the flooring for a day for him to get a really feel for the commerce.”

Cowan took that curiosity and put it right into a recently-completed NVQ diploma from the London Faculty of Barbering.

Now the New Zealand-born 32-year-old is simply as more likely to carry his scissors and clippers on away journeys as he’s his boots and enjoying equipment.

Blair Cowan has been enjoying for London Irish since 2013

Workforce-mates could be discovered queuing up after coaching classes for the possibility to go #InTheChairWithBlair, with Cowan sharing a few of his work on Instagram under the alias Rough Gents Barber.