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The story of Gordon D'Arcy's hair through 12 glorious headshots

The Leinster and Ireland centre wasn’t afraid to adapt his image from time to time…

Called in to train with Ireland in 1998…

Let’s just say things got better from here.

Gordon D'Arcy 1/5/2015

2003, the Gordon you know

Still trace residue of the highlights, but the man who went on to dominate the number 12 jersey was taking shape.

Gordon D'Arcy Source: INPHO

‘I call this one, ‘Juan Mata!’

With added bulk and studmarks.

Gordon D'Arcy Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Liiiiiions, Liiiions, Liiiions

Gordon D'Arcy 2009 Source: Billy Stickland/BLL/INPHO

“School photo”

By far our favourite moment from the 2007 World Cup.

Gordon D'Arcy 30/8/2007 Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

‘No f***in’ around this time!’

Gordon D'Arcy Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

‘It was 2005, we all partied’

Gordon D'Arcy Source: INPHO

‘You know nothing, Gordon Snow’

Gordon D'Arcy 24/1/2006 Source: ©INPHO

‘Is that flash is brighter than last year?’

Gordon D'Arcy Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

That’s definitely his favourite Leinster jersey too

Oh for the yellow-trimmed days of 2004.

Gordon D'Arcy Source: INPHO

Silence. The beard is here!

D’Arcy’s beard reached greater lengths and breadths than this, but these photoshoots tend to happen at the start of seasons, not when his face furniture was in full bloom.

Gordon D'Arcy Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

2015, with a lot still to offer

Gordon D'Arcy Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

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