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Hero Shane lines out for Movember

IRELAND rugby hero Shane Byrne clearly couldn't face parting with his beloved mullet - but he did allow Ireland's women's rugby team to shave off his facial hair.

The retired hooker was bristling with enthusiasm for this year's Movember.

The charity drive undertaken by men during the month of November raises money and awareness for men's health.

For the month, men all over the country are encouraged to grow a moustache, though many go further and refuse to shave altogether.

At the start of Movember, participants sign up with a clean-shaven face and seek sponsorship to go for the 30 days of November growing a moustache.

The money raised goes towards improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.


Shane received the royal treatment to promote the month-long event with the help of 'Mo Sistas' Sophie Spence, Ailish Egan and Sharon Lynch.

Meanwhile Shane (43) admitted that he has been disappointed with Leinster's performance this season and put a lot of it down to Brian O'Driscoll's retirement.

He said that Leinster has lost "the heart of its side".

The former Ireland player said the team "haven't been great so far this season".

And he added that there was an urgent requirement for "new guys to step up".

The Wicklow native also pointed out that Gordon D'Arcy could easily take over O'Driscoll's 13 jersey, despite what naysayers might think.

Further information about the men's health fundraising initiative is available at www.movember.com