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'They're never nice but at least they get people talking' - rugby stars gear up for Movember

The fundraising and awareness drive for men’s health has been supported by a raft of rugby stars.

EXPECT TO SEE a whole heap of dodgy moustaches, and a couple of impressive ones, when Ireland compete in the Guinness Series this month.

The Movember cause, which raises awareness and money for Irish Cancer Society’s initiative, Action Prostate Cancer, begins today and organisers are calling for last minute entries in an attempt to surpass the €1.7m collected last year.

The Irish Movember movement is supported this year by a range of the country’s top rugby stars, including Jamie Heaslip, Conor Murray, John Muldoon, Cian Healy and Tom Court.

Speaking ahead of the launch of this year’s captain, Heaslip said, “I’ve been doing Movember since 2007.

“I grew handlebars and it looked absolutely disgusting and I got a load of abuse from my family and friends, but it was worth it to get people talking about men’s health and awareness around it.”

Heaslip at an Irish Captain’s Run in 2008. (©INPHO/Morgan Treacy)

Heaslip told TheScore.ie that he is planning an sporting facial fuzz during the upcoming series against South Africa, Fiji and Argentina.

He said, “I was doing a photoshoot for it a few weeks back and I had a nice pencil-thin one going on so I might bring that back again this year.

“They’re never nice but at least they get people talking.”

Heaslip and Bryan Habana ‘tash it up at Croke Park in 2009. (©INPHO/James Crombie)

You can learn more about signing up for Movember in the video (below). It’s not too late.

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Movember: 30 of the best sporting moustaches

‘It would be an awfully proud moment to captain Ireland’ – Jamie Heaslip

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