Rugbeian Lee's beard revered at World Championships - The Rugby Observer

Rugbeian Lee's beard revered at World Championships

Andy Morris 28th Sep, 2017   0

THE WORLD’S third-greatest beard has its roots in Rugby.

Hirsute Rugbeian Lee Andrews won the bronze medal at the World Beard and Moustache Championships in Austin, Texas.

The 50-year-old furniture industry salesman claimed third place among 700 competitors from around the globe.

Lee, also the current British champion in the full beard and styled moustache category, said: “I’ve been into competitive bearding for some time now. I do a lot of competitions and have won seven.”




The gold medal in his category was Scott Metts, from Orlando, while the silver medal went to Owen Hicks, from Nashville.

Lee (left) shared the podium with gold winner Scott Metts (centre) and silver medallist Owen Hicks (right) at the World Beard and Moustache Championships in Austin, Texas. (s)

Lee said: “For me, it was a massive honour to stand on the medal podium with those two guys, who are previous national and world champions. I will never forget it.”


His partner Kelly was ‘ecstatic’ about his win, having watched the event unfold live on the internet.

Dapper Lee, who complements his look with tweed suits, waistcoats and pocket-watches rather than biker leathers, first got the beard bug as a youngster watching Brian Blessed as Prince Vultan in the 1980 film Flash Gordon.

Hirsutes you, sir – dapper Lee complements his look with tweed suits, waistcoats and pocket-watches rather than biker leathers. (s)

He started shaving when he was 14 – against his dad’s advice – but has had some form of beard or moustache since his early 20s.

“I’ve had goatees, ‘taches, plain and full beards,” he said. “I’ve shaved them off and started again. But for the past four years I’ve been a proper, full-on beardsman.”

He says his beard is a great ice-breaker, and is often a talking point during his visits to furniture fitters and showrooms.

“People love asking about beards,” he said. “Even if I’m just walking down the street, people like to stop and ask about it. They often like to take selfies standing next to me.

“The social element of beards is tremendous. Growing facial hair can lead to many things.”

In his spare time, Lee runs online community Beard Club, which has 8,300 members and has raised £5,000 for MacMillan Cancer Support.

Looking ahead to future facial hair fashions, he said: “Contemporary barbers are all kitted-out for beards and there’s a massive male grooming industry around beards. Footballers, rugby stars, musicians and actors have helped make beards popular.

“The trend isn’t going to go away.”

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