The stakes are high at London Irish as Eamonn Sheridan and his Movember squad scramble to stay off the bottom of the donation table.
Sheridan has been handed the captaincy as the Exiles take their place in Premiership Rugby’s campaign to raise over £100,000 in the battle against prostate cancer.
Dylan Hartley’s Front Mo Union is – just like last year – leading the way with a flood of early donations and Sheridan is hoping to see his London Irish squad follow suit.
And in order to ensure the motivation stays as high as possible, he has introduced a forfeit for anyone found to be letting the side down come the end of the month.
“Whoever raises the least has to keep their moustache for an extra month so the competition is going to heat up,” said Sheridan.
“None of us have made any great money yet but I’m going to go onto my Twitter followers and spread the word.
“We are going to try and put a few videos together over the next few weeks and hoping to auction off some kit and there’s also a dodgeball tournament later this month that a few of the teams are going to go to. We are coming up with plenty of ideas.
“It is a great thing to get involved in. Since 2003 £345million has been raised so it is obviously something that has been working and it has been growing as well. It is a really great cause and we want everyone to sign up on our page. Hopefully we can make a big difference.
“We are hoping to have a strong London Irish team this year. Dylan Hartley has been great so that’s our aim, to try and copy what he is doing.”
And the former Ireland U20 centre already has an early idea of who will be sporting the most impressive moustaches come the end of next month – and who will be lagging behind.
“I did it last year and went for pretty much a classic tache so this year we have all picked different moustaches out of a hat,” he added.
“I got the ‘rockstar’ so that is what I’m going to go for. A few of the boys got the handlebars so they are taking shape at the moment.
“I reckon Topsy Ojo and Andrew Fenby will be pretty strong and we are trying to put pressure on Jamie Hagan to shave his beard into a moustache.
“Richard Palfreyman’s growth isn’t looking too strong at the moment and he has got to grow the full handlebars as well.”
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