Premiership rugby players including Ugo Monye, Danny Care, Tim Payne, Schalk Brits and Andy Saull, are backing a new campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer this season.
Prostate cancer will be one cause that’s close to the player’s mouths, as well as their hearts, when they don ‘The Blue’ – a custom fit mouthguard, which for the first time will display The Prostate Cancer Charity’s distinctive blue man logo, instead of the traditional white club mouthguards.
The initiative, launched in association with leading mouthguard manufacturer OPRO, will be unveiled on Saturday 3 September, when the 2011/12 AVIVA Premiership season officially kicks off at Twickenham. The London double header will see Saracens take on the London Wasps and London Irish up against the Harlequins with players from all four clubs wearing ‘The Blue’.
Harlequins’ Ugo Monye explains: “Blokes spend so much time on going to the gym and looking good but we don’t always pay such close attention to our health. With an issue like prostate cancer, which if caught early can be treated successfully, it is really important that we do. “
It’s not only the pros who will be able to wear ‘The Blue’. Fans can back the move and help raise funds by ordering their very own ‘The Blue’. Custom fit and OPROshield self fit versions are available for pre-order from http://www.prostate-cancer.org.uk/theblue
The custom fit mouthguard will retail at between £51.45 and £59.95 (depending on level of protection), the self fit version costs £19.99, with £1 from every OPROshield and £6 from every custom fit mouthguard donated to The Prostate Cancer Charity.
Tim Payne, who plays for Wasps, said: “I hope all our fans out there will show their support for this important cause by donning ‘The Blue’ this season. But if you prefer to watch from the stands, you can still support the campaign by making sure you’re aware of prostate cancer and some the possible signs and symptoms to look out for. Too many men are affected by this disease so let’s confront this together.”