The most monstrous beard in rugby is sadly going to be cut down in its prime

It is for a good cause, but we are going to miss Geoff Cross’ beard.

FOR THE SECOND year in succession, the end of the Six Nations has meant that rugby will lose one of its most lustrous beards.

Last March, Gordon D’Arcy shaved off his beacon of manliness after Ireland won the Six Nations, and the country mourned.

Gordon D'Arcy and beard Andrew Fosker / INPHO Andrew Fosker / INPHO / INPHO

You might have noticed that Scottish prop Geoff Cross was sporting a gargantuan beard during this year’s tournament, and it was the result of a year’s worth of growth.

Geoff Cross dejected after the game James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

But just like D’Arcy, Cross is also going back to live as a clean-shaven man. The London Irish prop grew his facial hair for charity and after reaching his target of £10,000 for the children’s charity, Wooden Spoon, he is getting out the razor tomorrow.

Cross just doesn’t look as intimating like this, does he?

Geoff Cross scores a try 24/9/2010 GRAHAM STUART GRAHAM STUART

It is funny that Glasgow back row Josh Strauss is the one who encouraged Cross to grow his beard. The South African’s effort is good, but the student has probably just about edged ahead of the teacher at this stage.

Josh Strauss Russell Cheyne / INPHO Russell Cheyne / INPHO / INPHO

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