|James O'Connor's hair in scruffier times|
Rolling Maul: Thank you for joining the Rolling Maul today.
James O'Connor's Hair: It's a pleasure.
RM: James was born on the Gold Coast but spent five years growing up in Auckland. Did you find establishing your roots to be difficult as a result of the moving around?
JOH: Oh absolutely. I was primed for the beach lifestyle. For one thing I'm a natural blonde, though maybe not as blonde as James might want you to think, so I fit right in during those early days. The sun was a bit damaging, the tyke wouldn't wear a hat no matter how many times I bugged him about it, but the salt water was a handy substitute for shampoo which James refused to use all that often. So the move to New Zealand was probably pretty timely from a preservation perspective. Funnily enough, I was only talking to James O'Connor's skin just the other day about this, it agreed that it would be a lot frecklier if we'd never moved to Auckland. Indeed the skin reckons it might even have a few more wrinkles. Hey, that's just between you and me, right? Don't want James knowing I've let out that little scoop (laughs).
RM: So when you were 11 you moved to Brisbane, then to Perth in 2008 and now to Melbourne. Where is home?
JOH: Well you know that saying about 'home is where you lay your hat'? Well I'm not really all that keen on hats. Sure they keep the sun off and stuff but at best you'll stay a bit warm and at worst you'll end up with hat hair. I don't know how Steve Waugh's Hair could ever put up with it to be honest, I'm just glad James plays Rugby and not cricket. So, yeah, if you don't have a hat to lay then you don't really have a home to put it in.
RM: O'Connor copped a lot of flack when he moved from the Western Force to Melbourne over him saying he was only going to do what was best for his brand. You're a big part of that brand. What role did you have to play in the decision to move to Melbourne?
|The spikey days - early 2009|
|Justin Bieber or Ken Doll? |
2010 - a bad hair year
RM: We actually have a photo of that.
|The infamous comb-over - |
the final straw(berry blonde)
JOH: Oh you f***ing prick (laughing). OMG look at that. Yeah well that was it. We just needed to get as far away from Perth as we could. So that's why we ended up in Melbourne. People misunderstood that when James was talking about his brand he was actually referring to his brand of conditioner which was getting increasingly hard to find in Perth. And as far as product goes that place is a wasteland.
RM: So how have you settled into Melbourne?
Even O'Connor's hair was rebelling
RM: Yeah tell me about that. What was the inspiration? Early 1990s white boy hip hop by any chance?
|Waving past a defender|
RM: So what about with the Wallabies? Have you missed being part of that action?
JOH: Oh for sure, but all this injury time has given me plenty of opportunities to get my facebook up to date and establish a really strong Twitter presence. I can't wait to get back though. Between myself, Kurtley Beale's Moustache, Berrick Barnes' Headgear and Digby Ioane's Tattoos we're gonna have an awesome back line come September.
RM: Well good luck for the future and thanks for speaking to the Rolling Maul.
JOH: No worries.