Ahead of Friday’s Gallagher Premiership Rugby restart, Springbok and Sale Sharks star scrumhalf Faf de Klerk’s portrait has been painted on the grass at the home of English rugby, Twickenham.
SA Rugby Magazine shared the video of Faf’s face being painted along with Maro Itoje and Joe Marler.
The artist, John Lundberg says in the video that they wanted to do the portraits of the three “massive” Premiership players.
“Because it is a rugby pitch we wanted to make sure the natural imagery reflects the location where it is being made,” Lundberg says further.
It is said the painting is the UK’s largest outdoor painting at the moment. It is over 7 000 m in size and was made with over 1 200 litres of biodegradable pitch marker paint.
It is said that the Harlequins will welcome the Sale Sharks to The Stoop on Friday night for the restart of the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership Rugby season.
The blockbuster Round 14 curtain-raiser will see the second take on seventh in the capital. Saturday’s feast of rugby begins at lunchtime when Worcester Warriors take on Gloucester Rugby at Sixways, where Christophe Ridley will be the referee. Andrew Jackson and Wayne Falla will run the lines for Ridley when the Cherry and Whites visit Worcester as new Gloucester head coach George Skivington takes charge for the first time.
Next up, league leaders, Exeter Chiefs resume their title challenge against second-bottom Leicester Tigers at Sandy Park, with Tom Foley the referee for the showdown. Foley will be assisted by Greg Macdonald and Jonathan Healy, with Stuart Terheege on TMO duties, as Rob Baxter’s men look to lay down a marker at the summit of the table.
The action continues on Saturday with a tantalising encounter between Bath Rugby at London Irish at The Rec, where Craig Maxwell-Keys, Robert Warburton and Phil Watters will be the officials.