Geoff Cross: London Irish and Scotland prop shaves off beard
It is one of the most recognisable beards in world rugby, but for London Irish prop Geoff Cross it was very much a case of hair today, gone tomorrow.
The Scotland international had been growing his beard to raise money for the Wooden Spoon charity.
Cross, 32, grew the beard for more than a year and, having reached his £10,000 target thanks to donations from far and wide, he decided the time was right to remove it.
"This beard is really important to me because it is a way I can show support for a good friend of mine and also a good cause," Cross told BBC Radio Berkshire.
The money, which included a donation from Harry Potter author JK Rowling, will go to Wooden Spoon, a charity dedicated to transforming the lives of disadvantaged children through the power of rugby.
The funds will support the charity's Arctic Rugby Challenge.
"One of my old team-mates, John Houston, is going to try and walk to the North Pole and play a game of rugby to set a world record and that is all part of a fundraising attempt for the Wooden Spoon charity," Cross added.
Speaking after the removal of his beard, Cross joked: "I'm not concerned it's taken away any of my scrummaging strength.
"I feel good about having my beard shaved off and I'm relieved it's off."