Movember grows on rugby team

Left to right, James Masshedar, Chris Sainty and Ste Smith
Left to right, James Masshedar, Chris Sainty and Ste Smith

TACHE-TASTIC rugby players are hoping for a conversion – from smooth-faces to whiskers galore as they back a charity.

A team of 11 players from Hartlepool Rovers rugby club have signed up to take part in Movember – the annual international challenge where people are sponsored to grow moustaches for charity.

And leading the way is club chairman Mick Henderson who said: “There will definitely be some multi-coloured taches going on. including mine because it’s probably going to be more grey than black!”

And he joked: “There will be some mickey taking because some of them will probably need six months rather than a month to grow a moustache.”

But despite the mirth, the lads are backing a fantastic cause and are hoping to match last year’s effort when they raised £500 for Movember.

The aim of the Movember challenge is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

Once registered, challengers must start the month of November clean shaven and grow and groom a moustache throughout the month.

Since its humble beginnings in Melbourne, Australia, Movember has grown to become a global phenomenon with supporters in New Zealand, the US, Canada, South Africa, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and the Czech Republic.

Mick added: “It is a fun thing to do and it is a good team building exercise but it also supports a really worthy cause.”

The Hartlepool Rovers Movember challenge will end with a “tache-off” on December 1 at the rugby club with a prize for the best moustache awarded.

To back the Rovers cause, visit and clinch on the Hartlepool Rovers link, or pick up a sponsorship form from the bar at the club.