International man of mystery

A Greater Victoria rugby star is getting noticed in New Zealand as Canada contests the Rugby World Cup

University of Victoria rugby player Adam Kleeberger (left

University of Victoria rugby player Adam Kleeberger (left

University of Victoria and Team Canada rugby player Adam Kleeberger has not only earned praise for his play at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand – he was named man of the match in an opening-game win over Tonga last week – his flowing facial hair has landed him on the front page of newspapers and magazines in countries where the sport is popular.

On the field, his team sat with a 1-1 record in pool play after beating Tonga and losing to France. Its crucial next match, against Japan, will be televised on TSN Monday (Sept. 26) starting at 8:30 p.m. PST.