Stephen Donald has issued a warning to fans after a personal style change caught the eye.
“Be careful what you ask for at the barber,” Donald said after his fresh look stole headlines during the Chiefs’ opening round loss at the hands of the Highlanders.
Donald joined the squad earlier in the week after the Chiefs were without four of their five-eighths – Damian McKenzie (ankle), Jack Debreczeni (abdominal strain), Tiaan Falcon (achilles) and Marty McKenzie (hip) – and donned the No 22 shirt with Orbyn Leger taking the reins at 10.
Of his haircut, Donald told media after the match “I got a recommendation about the barber to go into and unfortunately now it looks like I’m a Peaky Blinder, the boys have quite enjoyed that when I unveiled it today.”
“I actually went in there trying to look a little younger and lessen the greys, but I came out looking like, as I say, a member of the Peaky Blinders, which I’m not sure if that’s the look I’m going for.”
“I was just trying to keep up with the young kids these days, got to be careful what you ask for at the barber.”
35-year-old Donald added that he was ecstatic to rejoin the Chiefs. Donald last played for the club in 2017 after spending the last two seasons in Japan.
“Very unexpected, bit stiff, only coming in on Monday not ideal preparation for a Super season,” he said.
“Great to be back here, obviously hell of a shock to the system considering where my headspace was two weeks ago, it certainly wasn’t about round one.”
The Chiefs now head to Canberra to take on the Brumbies in round two who will also be looking to bounce back after a close loss.
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