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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Our rugby heroes to take on Brits in battle of the best bums

A CHEEKY contest is pitching our rugby hunks against their British counterparts for charity with the best bottom taking the prize.

Irish rugby captain Brian O'Driscoll, Leinster star Rob Kearney and Ospreys winger Tommy Bowe will be competing against Kelly Brook's ex Danny Cipriani and England star Jonny Wilkinson, among others, for the first 'Bottom of the Ruck' title.

The award for the player with the best bum in the sport started as friendly banter between Twitter users, but it soon garnered interest and eventually evolved into a fully-fledged awards ceremony, in aid of Beating Bowel Cancer.

Some of the world-renowned nominees have already confirmed their attendance at the black tie dinner and auction evening which will be taking place at Twickenham on Monday, November 29.

However, our Irish boys have yet to reveal whether they will be making an appearance at the fundraising event.

Organiser Leo Heaton told the Herald she was very happy with the response she had received from the players so far. "Quite a few have come on board, it's amazing when you think that none of us had any contacts in the sport, it started off as just a casual, cheeky idea," she said.

"We didn't push the Irish players because it might be a bit more difficult for them to attend but we'd love for them to be there, we sent them invites.

"We knew the date was convenient for the English players because they will have a quick break after their match against South Africa on November 27 but we're not so sure about the others.

"It would be great to get as many of them to take part in it as possible -- some players have promised great auction prizes which is very generous of them."

Ex-England star Austin Healey will be hosting the evening which will start with a champagne reception.

Joining him on the night will be London Irish players Nick Kennedy, Delon Armitage, Topsy Ojo, South Africa's Schalk Brits and Nils Mordt from the Saracens.

Leo explained that she had picked the charity which seemed the most appropriate for the tongue-in-cheek event.

"October is usually dedicated to breast cancer and November -- Movember -- to men's health issues like prostate cancer...

"Bowel cancer is too often forgotten even though it's one of the biggest killers in Western countries, and an event celebrating bottoms seemed like the perfect platform to raise awareness of this disease."

According to the Irish Cancer Society, bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in Ireland.

A spokesperson for Beating Bowel Cancer said: "Bottom of the Ruck are aiming to raise several thousand of pounds - they're aiming for five figures -- this would help us immensely." .

hnews@herald.ie

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