THEY'VE survived plenty of hairy situations on the footy field, now the Penrith Panthers are in the midst of a prickly challenge right under their noses.
Captain Kevin Kingston and his teammates have spent the past 22 days growing moustaches for Movember.
They have committed to the striking facial features until the end of November.
It's all for a good cause. The Panthers' efforts are helping to raise awareness, support and funds for prostate cancer research and helping men achieve better mental health.
"One of my good friends has been affected by prostate cancer but he got it checked early," Kingston said.
"Early finding is great for it and I'd encourage every man to get checked."
As the Panthers captain and a long-time NRL player Kingston has crossed paths with people from many different roles and walks of life.
He said he had seen and heard about people affected by mental illness and believed it was important to encourage sufferers to speak out and seek help.
"Not just in football — it's everywhere," Kingston said.
"That's why a cause like this that creates awareness is good so they're not doing it alone."
Kingston was doubtful he would keep the whiskers after Movember but said, "it's been great, and the wife enjoys it as well".
He said Sam McKendry, Dayne Weston and Ryan Simpkins were sporting the team's most impressive efforts. Nigel Plum also deserved credit because "he's got a wispy beard but he did it and that takes courage".
Kingston encouraged Panthers fans to go onto the team's official Facebook page and suggest how the players could shape their moustaches in the final days.
More importantly, they hope fans will visit their fund-raising page and donate.