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Harlequins throw their support behind Movember

Joe Gray

Not all his team-mates might be capable of sprouting such an impressive mo, but Harlequins Movember captain Joe Gray is hoping his creative tache can encourage rugby fans to get involved too.

Premiership Rugby’s Movember fundraising has already hit the £14,000 mark, with all 12 clubs driving donations more so than ever before.

And in south west London, new Movember skipper Gray is happy to change his look up for the cause.

“This is my first year being the Mo Captain, but I’d like to think that I have led the way for the others at the club with some of the moustaches I have had on display,” he said.

“We’re all currently involved with Movember, just trying to raise as much awareness as we can – it’s something quite close to me as a few years ago my grandfather passed away with prostate cancer.

“So Movember is something that I’ve tried to do for the past five or six years, and before that I was still pretty into it.

“I think it’s a great charity; something as simple as looking a bit stupid with a moustache raises so much money and awareness especially, which is a brilliant thing.

“You get a lot of people coming up to you and asking where they can find your Movember details while you’re doing it to donate – and the last couple of years I’ve gone pretty extreme with my Mo’s.

“Last year I shaved an ‘M’ and an ‘O’ on either cheek, and then last year I had a big western style one carved into my cheeks with a twirl on either side.

“So I’ve looked pretty ridiculous, but everyone always knows it’s for a good cause.”

• The Movember Foundation is the only global charity focused solely on men’s health
• Men are dying too young, on average men die 4 years younger than women in the UK
• Premiership Rugby are urging rugby fans to join the Movember movement and take action.
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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.

Quins, alongside the other 11 Premiership Rugby clubs, are helping to spread the word by grooming weird and wonderful moustaches throughout the month of November.

But Gray is still scratching his head in wonder at what marvellous mo he will opt for this year.

He said: “I’m thinking at the moment about what I’m going to shave in, as I don’t want to copy what I’ve done for the last few years.

“I want it to look unique so I’ll be asking the lads for some opinions.

“Charlie Matthews is definitely not up to scratch just yet – he’s only got a bit of fluff on his chin – but Ruaridh Jackson has a very strong beard going with a twirled moustache.

“He’s taking it very seriously as well. We’re just trying to raise as much as we can, and the lads are buying into it – we all signed a few balls to raise some money in an auction – so we are doing our best.

Support Joe and his Harlequins team mates for their mo growing efforts here

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