Jordan Crane is well-established as Leicester Tigers’ Movember captain but this year he is looking to take things up a gear.
Last season it was one of Leicester’s Midlands rivals – Northampton Saints – who led the way as Aviva Premiership Rugby joined the campaign against prostate cancer and raised almost £100,000.
Dylan Hartley was the Saints’ driving force, while Wasps captain James Haskell went above and beyond in his Movember crusade – the two clubs raised more than three quarters of that total.
Now Crane is hoping to see the Tigers follow suit and, as the club’s standard-bearer, he knows it is up to him to make sure the whole squad pitches in.
“I’ve been Movember captain the last few years, just getting as many people involved as possible,” he said.
“We’re going to try and get the fans involved, get everyone out on Twitter and make it a team thing. I don’t think we go as hard as Northampton do but we still raise some good money for the cause.
“I think Movember is great – I’ve done it for the last four years and to see the way it has grown is great.
“There’s a real growth each year, especially in the rugby community, so it’s good that everyone gets on board and raises as much money as possible.
“It’s a really good cause and a great way to raise awareness of prostate cancer – the more people we can get involved and the bigger it can get then the better it is.
“The last two years we have raised more than the previous year, so hopefully we can do that again.
We’ll have a big push and whatever we raise will be going to a good cause.”
As for his teammates, Crane is hoping to see one or two dark horses emerge from the pack this month and produce some impressive moustaches.
“There are quite few beards flying around at the minute but we’re trying to get the lads to get rid of them,” he added.
“Neil Briggs has got a horrible goatee at the minute, so we’re trying to make him get rid of it and just put in a tache for Movember.
“I think there will be a few guys doing it and we’ll have to see how they look as the month goes on.
“It’s a great bit of banter and it’s good to have a laugh. We normally get about ten or 15 guys doing it, so you don’t look stupid by yourself!
“My tache isn’t too bad – it’s not the worse but it’s not the best, that’s for sure.”
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