Posted by: theswissjob | September 4, 2007

A Tongan Paddy!

A little off topic, but topical none the less! Just read an article on the BBC website about a Tongan player, formerly known as Epi Taione (the same guy who bit a chunk out of Denis Leamy last year) who has changed his name, by deed poll, to Paddy Power for the upcoming World Cup!

It’s been revealed that the bookmakers have offered the Tongan team a five figure sum for the name changing stunt. Clever on their part, now the commentators are going to be shouting their name every time the big man gets the ball!

Somehow I can’t see Denis Hickie changing his name to Boyle Sports! Although for a five figure sum, I’d give it a lot of thought!



  1. 199.99 is a five figure sum ! i hope they don’t con the man

  2. I was just going to write about this, but you beat me to it 🙂

  3. Let’s do a whiparound and see if we can raise enough to convince POC to change his name to Fear O’God. 🙂

  4. […] the top odds ? Jaysis, I’ve just been reading, no – not the Tongan who changed his name – but the bookies.  It gives some huge odds against Ireland losing their opener to Namibia … […]

  5. […] and read about this piece of comic genius over at The Fear of God – a fantastic Rugby World Cup blog that I throw a few posts on from time to time […]

  6. I like paddy power and wish you luck for your upcoming game
    ofa atu

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