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Mills means business for Sale’s Movember push

Jonathan Mills is already earmarking his front-runners – and those who may be lagging behind – as he embarks on a month of Movember captaincy at Sale Sharks.

Premiership Rugby is once again getting stuck into Movember and aiming to raise £100,000 to combat prostate cancer after falling narrowly short of the milestone in 2013.

With each club appointing a captain for the campaign Mills has been handed the baton by Tom Brady, who led the way in the North West last season.

Like many other captains across the country, Mills has a tough task on his hands in bridging the gap to Northampton Saints and Wasps – where Dylan Hartley and James Haskell leading the way – after they combined to raise more than £70,000 between them.

And while all sorts of fundraising ideas are being conceived at the AJ Bell Stadium, the captain admitted that for some, growing a moustache in the first place might be the toughest challenge.

“I’m somehow captain of the Movember team,” he said. “I know Brady did it last year and it’s one of those things – I don’t mind doing it and obviously it’s for a good cause to raise awareness for men’s health. It’s good thing to be involved with.

“Swanny [Sale media manager Dave Swanton] will have a decent one! Going on last year, Patto [Michael Paterson] had a good one so he’s probably going to stay strong. Jonesy [Marc Jones] usually produces something decent, Tom Arscott too.

“There’s a few of the younger lads who might struggle a bit to be honest like Mike Haley, Fowlesy [Nathan Fowles], but that’s the way it goes.

“We’d love to raise £100,000 again. I think last year we auctioned off socks after games and stuff so every little helps, and we’ll do everything we can.”

The campaign was official launched in Twickenham on Wednesday with former Premiership touch judge and prostate cancer survivor David Kurk in attendance.

And he is hoping to see Mills and his fellow skippers embrace the Movember spirit and smash their six-figure target.

“Movember has that novelty factor that gives it an advantage and makes it okay to talk about these things and the key is talking about it because then more people will be aware,” he added.

“People think prostate cancer is an old man’s disease but only because fewer men go and get themselves checked and therefore diagnosis tends to happen in later life. The earlier people go, the more diagnoses will happen.

“Rugby is a great sport for putting your arms round each other and telling each other we can deal with situations like this, there’s a big team ethos that goes on.”

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