This may be his first ever Movember effort, but Bath Rugby’s David Denton is stopping at nothing to ensure he has the bushiest-looking tache around.
The 26-year-old Scotland international admits his efforts to raise money and awareness for the Movember foundation has caused him to hit the bottle – of hair dye!
But as well as giving his fair-haired mo a helping hand, Denton is keen to point out that all his efforts are for a hugely worthwhile cause and does not want the message to be lost amongst the laughter.
“It’s looking good so far,” he said. “It’s my first year as mo captain but I’ve always thought this is a brilliant cause.
“It’s a good laugh for everyone in the team, but it’s also a great way to raise awareness for a serious matter.
“Rugby does do Movember really well, and the autumn internationals for the last few years have always been absolutely littered with impressive taches – it was lovely to see the Scotland boys with a few last weekend.
“It’s really important to relay why we are doing it, as some people can look at it quite short-sightedly in terms of having a laugh about it, but we really are trying to do our bit for a serious cause.”
- The Movember Foundation is the only global charity focused solely on men’s health
- Men are dying too young, on average men die four years younger than women in the UK
- Premiership Rugby are urging rugby fans to join the Movember movement and take action.
- Support David and his Bath Rugby team mates for their mo growing efforts here
To date, the Movember Foundation has funded over 1,200 men’s health programmes around the world, focusing primarily on prostate cancer.
Premiership Rugby’s Movember fundraising has already hit the £15,000 mark with one week of the month still to go, with all 12 clubs driving donations more so than ever before.
To date, the Movember Foundation has funded over 1,200 men’s health programmes around the world, focusing primarily on prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide prevention.
None of this can happen without the incredible community of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas, and Premiership Rugby is supporting the Movember Foundation to create a Mo League.
Bath, alongside the other 11 Premiership Rugby clubs, are helping to spread the word by grooming weird and wonderful moustaches throughout the month of November.
And Denton has had some of the club’s other big hitters join his crusade with director of rugby Todd Blackadder and Wales international Rhys Priestland jumping on the bandwagon.
He added: “I’ve been a bit of a late developer in terms of being able to grow a moustache, and this has been the first year that I have been able to take part without embarrassing myself – so it’s a very proud moment for me!
“The star of the show has got to be me so far – surely! – but Todd’s also got a great tache at the moment and it’s something he really enjoys as it’s popular in New Zealand as well.
“Rhys Priestland has got one on the go too, but Rhys and I are both fair-haired blokes so we’ve both had to cheat a bit and get a bit of colour put in there for the cause!
“There’s a few slugs about the training ground at the moment too so hopefully by the end of the month we’ll have some really impressive ones to show off.
“At the moment we have been basing all the fundraising efforts on the Mo’s themselves, but we are stepping it up now to try and get some more donations in.
“I’ve dug out one of my old Scotland shirts from the World Cup, and I’ll get that signed and offer it up to one lucky person who donates.”
Support David and his Bath Rugby team mates for their mo growing efforts here