Support for Mose Masoe comes from Down Under

Alex McKinnon and Trent Robinson have joined forces with the NRL, RLPA and the Men of League Foundation to encourage players and fans across the the game to donate to the Mose Masoe rehabilitation journey.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 11:58 am
Updated Monday, 29th March 2021, 12:02 pm
Alex McKinnon is wheeled onto the ground before the start of an NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and Gold Coast Titans at Hunter Stadium in 2014

The "We stand with Mose" fund-raising appeal was launched in Sydney this morning (Monday) with Aussie club coach Robinson and McKinnon - the latter a victim of a similar injury to Mose - among those in attendance to offer support to Samoan.

Masoe, who had stints with the Roosters, Panthers and the Dragons as well as St Helens and Hull KR during his playing career, faces a difficult journey for the rest of his life with insurances in the UK not enough to cover the challenges he will face.

His extended family remain in Australia and New Zealand with current international border restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic meaning the 31-year-old has been limited with his recovery.

Past and present players, fans and officials involved in the game have been asked to help raise awareness by donating, encouraging donations or either dedicating try celebrations and speeches to the former NRL player.

"It's absolutely humbling as a person and as a player to get this support," Mose said as part of the launch in Sydney.

"I'm doing well, I'm working hard for the small improvements that I need. The battle has just begun, the challenges ahead I'm ready for but it's going to be tough.

"It's not just a physical game but a mental one - I call it psychological warfare around the things you can and can't do. I just want to thank the game for doing this for me.

''Everything is so new and you actually become quite lost and you can identify routines on things you can't control.

"You're faced with things you thought you'd never be faced with before and you don't hear of them.

"As a 22-year-old. I never heard of a catheter bag or bowel care routine or someone who comes over in the morning and gets you out of bed and into the shower because you can't do it yourself.''