Movember is bringing out the competitor in Harlequins’ Ugo Monye and he insists getting one over fellow captains Dylan Hartley and James Haskell is an enticing prospect.
Monye is leading Quins’ charge as all 12 Premiership Rugby clubs come together to raise money for the fight against prostate cancer.
The fundraising target is more than £100,000 and in much the same vein as last year, Hartley’s Front Mo Union is leading the way.
But a well-groomed Monye is not about to let Movember pass Quins by without making an impact – and he’s urging fans and friends alike to join their campaign.
“Any type of competition with boys like Dylan and James always wants to make you step up a gear and if it means raising more money that’s all the better,” he said.
“Those lads are pretty vocal at the best of times and like a challenge and hopefully we can respond in times like Quins.
“The rivalry’s intense, in a small way this is like a third fixture for us. Whether people are late starters to Movember or have only just heard about it, it’s never too late to join in, through a donation or growing a tache yourself.
“We’ll definitely be seeing the handlebars from me, I’m trimming mine at least once in a week to keep it in check.
“Joe Gray’s effort is generally the most bizarre at Quins, he likes to let it all grow out and it turns into a sight to behold.”
And Monye, who admits he jumped at the chance to captain Quins’ efforts, admits rugby and the battle against prostate cancer go hand in hand.
“Rugby has the stereotype of being a manly sport and it’s the perfect charity to help spread awareness for,” he added.
“As a sportsman and also the general public, we look so much more after ourselves aesthetically but medically we think nothing is going to happen to us.
“It’s a disease that can affect everyone and it doesn’t discriminate, whether you’re healthy, young, old, it can develop.
“I’m proud to be playing a small part in the fight against it on behalf of Quins. I’ve been waiting for the captaincy for 13 years here and as I’m leading us, I’ve been drumming up interest whenever I can and bringing the energy and enthusiasm.”
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