The world of rugby league has come together to raise over £100,000 for Mose Masoe in a matter of days.
Former Sydney, Penrith, St Helens and Hull KR forward Masoe was forced to retire from the game after suffering a serious spinal injury in a pre-season friendly back in January 2020.
Super League had shown its support to Masoe by dedicating round two to the Samoan international.
UK fans were urged to buy ‘virtual tickets’ for the weekend’s fixtures, while over in Australia a ‘We Stand With Mose’ campaign was launched by the Men of League Foundation.
Proceeds from both initiatives are to go to the Mose Masoe Foundation, which will support the 31-year-old and then go on to support others who suffer life-changing spinal injuries playing rugby.
Discussing the milestone, Mike Smith, Vice President of the RFL, said: “The support across the sport over the weekend has been absolutely incredible.
“We set ourselves a big target and to have beaten that is tremendous. We have been amazed by the media coverage of this campaign and it has really said a great deal about our sport.
“It shows the love for Mose as a person but also the strength and togetherness of rugby league.
“It has been a weekend when we’ve seen the sport at its best, as players, coaches, administrators and supporters of all clubs, as well as the media and everyone else involved in the game, have rallied behind Mose and his family. Everyone involved in Rugby League can feel proud.
“What we have done over the past few days is lay the platform to achieve something really special.”
In a statement, the Men of League Foundation added: “We are proud to stand arm in arm with the UK rugby league community and the Mose Masoe Foundation for this vital cause.
“The courage displayed by Mose over these past 13 months is a true reflection of his will and determination to fight for a better future for himself and especially his family.
“He will no doubt play an important role in helping others overcome adversity through his own experience, so it has been our privilege to lead our campaign in Australia alongside the efforts of everyone in the UK.”
Donations can be made at the Foundation’s Go Fund Me Page, or by texting 5MOSE, 10MOSE, 15MOSE or 20MOSE to 70085.