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Roosters Launch Partnership with Men of League Foundation

The Sydney Roosters are proud to announce a three-year partnership with the Men of League Foundation.

Men Of League | Doug Ricketson

The partnership expands our existing relationship with the Men of League and aims to increase engagement with members of the rugby league community.

The Men of League Foundation support men, women and children of the rugby league family who have fallen on hard times.

Established in 2002 by Ron Coote, Jim Hall and Max Brow to provide emotional support to former first grade players, the Foundation has since evolved to assist those who have made a genuine and authentic contribution at all levels of the game.

The Foundation provides over 1 million dollars in grant funding per year and completes over 1200 hours in visits to aged care facilities, hospitals and homes across Australia.

An extension of the partnership is branding Sydney Roosters and Men of League Foundation ‘Wellbeing’ visits as the Retro Roosters initiative, that aims to support some of the oldest living Roosters players that have been going through difficult times.

To launch Retro Roosters, former Sydney Roosters centre Doug Ricketson received an entertaining visit from former Roosters John Peard, Terry Murphy and Anthony Minichiello.

Doug Ricketson, father of Roosters Club Legend Luke Ricketson, enjoyed the opportunity to reminisce about old times, as well as players and coaches from the Roosters during his time at the Club from 1960 – 1964.

Despite recent health issues, the visit was thoroughly enjoyed by Doug and provided a much-needed boost to his wellbeing.

The Sydney Roosters look forward to working with the Men of League Foundation over the next three years to provide ongoing support to the rugby league community.

For more information on the Men of League Foundation visit