We’re almost halfway through Movember and, according to Exeter Chiefs’ co-skipper Dave Lewis, it is full steam ahead at Sandy Park.
Lewis has taken the Movember reins alongside England winger Jack Nowell, whipping the squad into action and arranging a handful of competitions and events to drive up the fundraising.
A charity auction and male grooming session are on the agenda as the Chiefs sculpt and shape their best moustaches throughout the month.
Once again Dylan Hartley’s Front Mo Union is leading the way but Lewis is hoping to see his charges shoot up the Premiership Rugby fundraising table before the month is out.
“It has gone really well so far – we have recruited quite well in the squad and some of the fans,” he said. “The boys have been very good with growing their ‘taches.
“It’s all a bit of fun but there are a few competitions as well. There are prizes for the best and worst ‘taches and then (head of strength and conditioning) Mark Twiggs and (physio) Steve Haw are having a ‘tache-off’. They are both just growing beards at the moment, ready to shave them down.
“One of the shops in Exeter – Lugets – has kindly offered to do some male grooming on Thursday. After that the squad is going to vote on who is the loser.
“We will need to find some prizes towards the end of the month. Obviously it’s a great cause and we are just trying to help as much as we can.”
And with two weeks of growth already under their collective belt, Lewis is already beginning to pick out a few front-runners for the various awards on offer.
“Jack’s (Nowell) ‘tache is pretty strong and mine’s not bad either but Luke Cowan-Dickie and Will Carrick-Smith have probably got the best ones so far,” he added.
“I don’t know how you would describe Luke’s – he’s got a moustache and then a thick line from his lip to his chin. He looks a bit like a pirate. Will has got a big slug going on.
“Jack Yeandle is sneaking up there quietly and Phil Dollman has also got the makings of a good ‘tache. There will be some outrageous ones come the end of the month.
“At the other end of the scale, Henry Slade is trying valiantly to grow a moustache but it’s not going very well – at least he is trying.”
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