Rugby World Cup-winning Springboks have stripped down in response to a challenge by scrumhalf Faf de Klerk for South African men to get screened for testicular cancer.
Captain Siya Kolisi, wingers Cheslin Kolbe and Makazole Mapimpi were among players to slip into their swimsuits and post pictures on social media after being screened, in response to the now viral #FafChallenge.
“Challenge accepted!.. Early detection = high cure rate,” Kolisi wrote on his Instagram page where he posted a picture of himself sporting the now famous South African flag-branded costume.
Kolbe responded saying, “what’s more awesome than scoring the final try in the Rugby World Cup? Ensuring that you’re healthy.”
“Don’t wing it when it comes to testicular cancer. Catch it early!” Mapimpi wrote.
De Klerk (28) initiated the #FafChallenge online on Wednesday, posting a picture of himself flaunting his trendsetting costume.
He instantly became an internet hit after he was photographed greeting Prince Harry wearing only the swimsuit just moments after their World Cup victory against England in Japan.
“Be ballsy enough to check your balls!” he told his more than 36 500 followers on Twitter.
Be ballsy enough to check your balls! Testicular cancer is curable if caught and treated early enough! Check out https://t.co/9UunNLyTFd for some important tip & tricks on how to up your ball skills!! pic.twitter.com/aWgxEsuHa1
— Faf de klerk (@fafdeklerk) November 13, 2019
“Challenging Siya, Jesse, and all of you to get into your speedo & post a pic to help spread the word on this important cause!”
The disease is one of the most common cancers in men aged between 15 and 39 years.
De Klerk told a local rugby magazine that he had been surprised by the public reaction to his underpants.
“There is no massive back story. I just always play in a South African speedo when I play for the Springboks. I’ve probably played the last two years with it,” he was quoted as saying by SA Rugby.
The Springboks beat England 32-12 at the World Cup final in Yokohama on November 2, earning their third world crown in rugby’s paramount tournament. — AFP