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Parling retains 'Sexiest Beard' title

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The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has announced Leicester Tigers forward Geoff Parling as winner of its annual hunt for the sexiest beard for a second year running.

Parling has retained the ‘My Hairy Valentine’ title for a second year after receiving two-thirds of the votes in an online poll. The author Francis Wheen finished second and ex-footballer Eric Cantona third.

BLF organiser Keith Flett said: “Even though Geoff Parling has been out of rugby injured and hasn’t played in the current Six Nations games, his beard clearly retains that certain quality which attracts Valentine’s Day support.

“The poll is a bit of fun but it makes the point that beards can be as sexy as the ultra clean-shaven look any day.”

My Hairy Valentine nominations
Billy Bragg, musician
Eric Cantona, philosopher, actor & ex-footballer
Martin Castrogiovanni, rugby player
Idris Elba, actor
Stephen Fry, TV personality
Leigh Halfpenny, rugby player
Tom Jones, singer
Geoff Parling, rugby player
Arthur Smith, comedian
Nick Thomas, beer seller
Francis Wheen, author