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Hogg and Hawkins lead Movember charge at Newcastle Falcons

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Ally Hogg is convinced that in Rob Hawkins, Newcastle Falcons have the perfect Movember captain to rally the troops and lead the drive for donations.

Spirits are high at Kingston Park after four wins on the bounce in all competitions dramatically lifted the club out of an unwanted winless run.

And Movember has arrived at just the right time in the North East as Premiership Rugby once again tackles prostate cancer with the help of all 12 clubs.

After raising almost £100,000 last year the target is clear this time around, with each club appointing a specialist Movember skipper to lead the way – and Hogg is happy with Newcastle’s selection.

“Rob Hawkins has already got an exceptional mo so he’s laid down a marker for the rest of us,” said Hogg.

“He’ll be great at encouraging the boys along as some of them grow some hideous moustaches and others can’t grow them at all.

“Scott MacLeod’s mo tends to grow straight outwards instead of down so I think he might struggle.

“A couple of the young boys are pretty fresh-faced and Calum Green is quite fair so I think he’ll struggle as well.

“My moustache is not too bad as I had a beard before so just cut it down, which is cheating a little bit but it’s in honour of my dad’s moustache.

“Hopefully we’ll raise as much money as possible and make more people aware of the disease while having a little bit of fun along the way.

“I think (forwards coach) John Wells did it last year and should be involved again but getting (director of rugby) Dean Richards involved might be a step too far if he’s got one of his important meetings coming up.”

And the captain, who laid siege to the formidable beard he has sported since arriving at Newcastle this summer, is hoping to see the club get stuck in as much as possible.

“I’ve had the beard off and my skin hasn’t seen the light for a long time so it feels a bit odd,” said Hawkins.

“My kids definitely had to take a second look when I came home with my moustache – I think I caught them off guard.

“It’s a great cause and a well-run charity and it provides a really enjoyable month for the club to take part in.

“Hopefully it can also create a good vibe around the club and we can push it out to the staff and the supporters so we can raise as much money as possible.

“It’s about raising as much awareness and funds as possible – you can’t underestimate how big an impact you can have by raising awareness.”

To donate to – or join – one of the 12 Premiership Rugby Mo Teams click here

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