Thursday 24 August 2017

Stop what you're doing, Ian Madigan has a beard now

Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

After being unofficially crowned Irish rugby's hottest hunk on Sunday, Ian Madigan has only gone and grown himself a lustrous new beard.

The 26-year-old Leinster and Ireland star was pictured during Ireland's Rugby World Cup squad training today sporting some new fuzz on his face and got a head start on Movember.

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25 September 2015; Ireland's Ian Madigan poses for a portrait after a press conference. 2015 Rugby World Cup, Ireland Rugby Press Conference. St George's Park, Burton-upon-Trent, England. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

And it's simply science that facial hair has higher levels of attractiveness than those who are beard free.

Read more: Ian Madigan's 'exquisite' hair during Ireland v Romania sets the internet alight

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29 September 2015; Ireland's Ian Madigan during a gym session at training. Ireland Rugby Squad Training, 2015 Rugby World Cup, Surrey Sports Park, University of Surrey, Guildford, England. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

According to the Official Journal of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, beards are associated with attractiveness, health, parenting skills and perceived higher levels of masculinity.

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30 September 2015; Ireland's Ian Madigan in action during squad training. 2015 Rugby World Cup, Ireland Rugby Squad Training. Surrey Sports Park, University of Surrey, Guildford, England. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

There are additional health benefits of having a beard according to the study as it's thought to reduce the risk of skin cancer and reduce symptoms of asthma.

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30 September 2015; Ireland's Ian Madigan in action during squad training. 2015 Rugby World Cup, Ireland Rugby Squad Training. Surrey Sports Park, University of Surrey, Guildford, England. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Basically, what we're saying is beard is best.

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