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By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster Rugby stars have joined Action Cancer's campaign to ensure men in Northern Ireland are aware of the risks of testicular cancer.

Paul Rothwell, the managing director of Podium 4 Sport, organised for the likes of Johann Muller, Nick Williams, Chris Henry and Robbie Diack to visit his store yesterday to shoot a number of promotional videos in support of the charity.

The videos, soon to be appearing on YouTube, feature the players showing off all manner of ball skills throughout the Creagh Road sports store before reminding male fans that regular checks are vital to ensure that, if cancer should develop, it is detected as early as possible.

Ulster captain Johann Muller feels the club could not have picked a better charity to lend its support to throughout this year.

The South African commented: "It's obviously a great cause and from our side to support something like this is great because it's close to our hearts.

"It's all a bit of fun here today but it's obviously a very serious disease and one that affects so many people throughout Belfast and the whole of Northern Ireland.

"We are in such a fortunate situation to play this wonderful game of rugby and it's brilliant to get to live your dream for work so it's important that if we get a chance to give a little bit back that we take it."

Echoing the statements of his skipper, Nick Williams added: "As professional athletes we always think of the good things in life but things like this can sneak up on you.

"As a male it's probably the most important thing to get checked out so I'm happy that we are able to jump on the bandwagon and help the cause in whatever way we can.

"A team isn't about what just happens on the pitch, it's about everything that goes on around the place, and giving a helping hand whenever we can is part of who we are as Ulster."

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