THE Capital’s pro-rugby team is to honour its longest-serving player on his retirement by creating a new club trophy – moulded on his “cauliflower” ear.
Edinburgh Rugby bosses said gap-toothed prop Allan “Chunk“ Jacobsen, 34, would be the first to receive the bizarre gong when he steps down from a 16-year career after the club’s final match of the season against Newport Gwent Dragons next week.
An impression mould of the player’s bashed-in right ear was taken by club dentist Fiona Davidson yesterday and will be used to create a trophy that club leaders said would be awarded annually to the player who demonstrates the dedication epitomised by Mr Jacobsen – Scotland’s most capped prop.
Although the new trophy won’t have the most immediately appealing form, the player said: “I know a lot of the other guys look on their cauliflower ear as a badge of honour so I think the shape is pretty fitting.
“When there’s an impact on your ear in a match, it fills up with blood and damage is done to the cartilage, and if you’re playing every week it’s difficult to get rid of as the blood goes hard.
“That’s what a cauliflower ear is – hardened blood and damaged cartilage.”
Receiving Edinburgh Rugby’s inaugural dedication award will mark the end of an illustrious 65-cap international career during which the player from Prestonpans made a record 285 appearances for the club after joining as a 19-year-old.
Now with a three-year-old daughter, Mr Jacobsen said he would miss the knocks and drama of life on the rugby field but insisted the time was right to hang up his boots.
“It was a hard decision that I’d been thinking about for a long time,” he said.
“But you get older and you can’t go on forever. I’m going to have a break, go on holiday and start working in the plumbing trade after that.”
Bosses at Edinburgh Rugby have hailed Mr Jacobsen’s contribution to the club.
Managing director David Davies said: “He’s a local boy who’s been a fans’ favourite for 16 years and we think it’s fitting to create an award which combines his connection with our supporters with the qualities that have made him so popular.”
A glittering career
Allan Jacobsen’s rugby career began at the age of 15 when he made his debut for Edinburgh in a friendly against ACT Brumbies.
Since then he has played for the city on nearly 250 occasions.
He has also played regularly on an international level and was called up to the World Cup squad in Australia in 2003 as a replacement for the injured Gavin Kerr. He has appeared in 25 of the last 27 Scotland internationals.
He became the 29th Scot to reach the milestone of 50 caps when he played in Scotland’s 19-16 triumph against Samoa at Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen in November 2010.
He has the most Edinburgh Magners League caps with 108.