Through the shave Kleeberger raised $3700 for Christchurch – somehow it just feels personal when someone you don’t even know acknowledges something that affected your life in such a huge way, like a random act of kindness.
Sport24 reported Kleeberger describing his wildman beard
“Somebody said to me the modern-day beard is the urban antlers. I like that one,” said Kleeberger, who described his bearded look as “lumberjack.”
The beard became iconic for Kleeberger in the 2011 Rugby World Cup (RWC), and it made the talented player easy to spot on the field.
“The beard definitely became bigger than me. It gave fans something to identify with. Even non-fans were drawn to rugby as a result.”
The stylist shaved and shaped various styles as the beard slowly disappeared, including the oh-so-dainty moustache above.
Afterwards, Kleeberger said his bare face felt “cold”, and his head also felt “lighter”, as Stuff reported
“It feels cold. But I don’t have to worry about eating ice cream or saucy foods anymore, so that’s a plus.
Very practical – and saucy. 😉
Thanks, Kleebs! You are an awesome guy.
(P.S. 7 hours ’til the final – GO ALL BLACKS!!!!)