At a time of year when many men are making the effort to grow out their facial hair, Connacht captain John Muldoon has opted to go against the curve.
The former winner of the Balls.ie beard of the year is known for his beard (as well as his solid as a rock status on the field) but alas, for now, the beard is no more. Muldoon has opted for the clean shaven look ahead of the historic fixture against Cardiff Blues this weekend which sees him become the first person to play 200 domestic games with his home province.
It's not the first time he's opted to whip out the shaving cream but that doesn't mean we're not allowed to mourn our former champion every time it goes the way of the razor.
— Connacht Rugby (@connachtrugby) December 3, 2015
Given our love of the hirsute individual, it will come as no surprise to learn that we are very sad to see the beard hit the barbershop floor. However, the good news for Muldoon is that he's still in with a chance of regaining the title he won in 2013.
Here's a reminder of how Muldoon marched to the much coveted crown back in 2013.