James Haskell is a busy man this month but, according to Elliot Daly, the England flanker is still finding time to whip up some Movember fever at Wasps.
Under Haskell’s captaincy Wasps were beaten only by Dylan Hartley’s Front Mo Union in last season’s Aviva Premiership Rugby fundraising table.
As well as being handed the on-the-field captaincy this season – and called into Stuart Lancaster’s England squad this month – he is once again in charge of all things Mo at Adams Park.
But while Haskell prepares to start against Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday, Daly admits that he and centre partner Chris Bell are taking on some of the responsibility.
“Haskell is a really good captain both on the field and in a Movember sense,” he said. “He’s a big presence in the squad and says the right things at the right time to get people motivated.
“He’s gone for the trucker look this year whereas most of the rest of us are just going for the top lip.
“Chris Bell is our vice captain for Movember too, so he’s leading the charge while James is away with England.
“There is always a bit of banter between Hartley and Haskell about Movember – the Saints boys always do really well and have a big following so it’s just a case of trying to keep up with them for us and raise as much money as possible.
“It’s a great charity because it’s got that fun element of seeing what ‘taches people can grow – some people look unrecognisable.”
And it is that trio of Haskell, Daly and Bell that are leading by example, while a pair of Wasps speedsters struggle to keep up.
Daly added: “My moustache is going quite strong at the moment but a couple of the other lads are really struggling. Phil Swainston in particular has a really horrible mo and he looks pretty offensive.
“I think I’m up there with the best and I also think Chris Bell’s is nice and probably Haskell rounds out the top three.
“Tom Varndell has a really weak ‘tache – he keeps saying that it’s going to grow out nicely in a couple of weeks but Movember will have already ended by then.
“Christian Wade’s is terrible too so the wingers are really letting the side down and it’s up to me and Chris Bell to fly the flag for the backline.”
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