Since 2010, The Welsh Rugby Players’ Association has teamed up with the Ray Gravell and Friends Charitable Trust for the Grow a Grav campaign.

The Grow a Grav campaign seeks to raise vital funds for the WRPA’s Benevolent Trust which aims to provide support to current and former professional rugby players in times of financial hardship through serious illness or injury, as well as raising funds for the Ray Gravell and Friends Charitable Trust, to provide assistance to charities that were close to Ray’s heart.

Ray Gravell was a true Welsh legend, who sadly died of a heart attack in October 2007, aged 56. A former Llanelli, Wales and British Lions rugby player, Grav played during one of the most successful periods in Welsh rugby's history, when he became known for his trademark beard and his powerful charges from midfield. His fame became even greater after he retired from playing in 1985 and embarked on an acting and broadcasting career which made him one of the best known faces and voices in Wales.

During the month of February, Grow a Grav asks men to grow a beard in the style of late Gravell and support the campaign by donating to the trusts. Grav will not only be remembered for his achievements on and off the field but for his very distinguished beard. Grav was an inspiration to so many and a passionate Welshman and rugby advocate, this is therefore a very fitting campaign supported by the Welsh International rugby players.

The rules of Grow a Grav are simple;

All contestants must be clean shaven on the morning of the 1st February
Contestants have the month to grow their beard and style (as they wish) to form a 'Grav'

Those wishing to take part are encouraged to donate via our Just Giving page  or by texting 'GRAV13£3' to 70070 (replacing the £3 with the amount you wish to donate). We also have sponsorship forms available and will accept cash/cheque donations sent to Grow a Grav, c/o The Welsh Rugby Players Association, 3 Assembly Square, Britannia Quay, Cardiff Bay, CF10 4PL. Please make cheques payable to ‘WRPA Benevolent Trust.’ The WRPA Benevolent Trust and Ray Gravell and Friends Trusts are registered charities number 1138659 and 1125149  respectively.


To download a Grow a Grav Sponsorship form, please click here.


Download a 'Grav' by clicking on the following links:

Original 'Grav'

Blues 'Grav'

Scarlets 'Grav'

Dragons 'Grav'

Ospreys 'Grav'


Take a look at just some of the WRPA members who have supported 'Grow a Grav' over the past campaigns in the video below!









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