Dylan Hartley has called on the rest of his Front Mo Union to take up the mantle as Premiership Rugby looks to topple six figures in its Movember fundraising this month.
Hartley was a shining light in last year’s campaign as his Northampton Saints squad raised nearly £47,000 to tackle prostate cancer – over half of the league’s grand total.
All 12 Premiership Rugby clubs are back on board this year and gunning for £100,000, with Hartley’s charges once again leading the way.
However, the England hooker admits he will need one or two comrades to step up to the plate this season – not that his dedication to the cause has waned in the slightest.
“Last year it was tiring,” recalled Hartley. “The reason I spent a little bit more time on it last year was that I injured my lung in the autumn international game against New Zealand.
“I had ten days of not doing any training and I managed to bang the Movember drum a bit and get things going.
“This year I thought I would just let it grow naturally and see what happens. I’m not going to set out to try and top last year’s total – if I try and top it and I don’t make it I will be disappointed.
“All of the Northampton Saints are doing it and I have managed to recruit a few other guys, so it should go quite well.”
The Front Mo Union are already streaking clear in Premiership Rugby’s Movember ladder and looking likely to top the pile again by the time December comes around.
Last year it was James Haskell’s Wasps squad that ran Hartley and co closest and the England teammates are set to go at it again – though the Northampton skipper insists talk of stiff competition between the two is wide of the mark.
“There’s no rivalry! I think the media are just trying to make it competitive so we raise more money – that sort of thing,” he added.
“It is going alright so far. People are generous and it is brilliant that they are so forthcoming with their money. It’s really cool but there is a serious side to it.
“There are a lot of men’s issues behind it and they are brilliant in what they do with the money that is contributed to that.”
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