The Sydney Roosters - headed by Head Coach Trent Robinson - have united with Men of League and RLPA through the 'We Stand with Mose' Donor Appeal to support former Rooster Mose Masoe as he continues his rehabilitation journey.
In early 2020, Masoe suffered a catastrophic injury that broke his neck in a pre-season trial in England. Currently, he is only able to make a few unaided steps and faces a number of health issues he will live with for the rest of his life.
As the English Rugby League insurance policy has afforded Mose very little compensation, the Masoe family is in need of financial support, with his partner of 10 years and mother to his three children Carissa currently providing around the clock assistance as his full-time caregiver.
It’s hard for Mose to put his hand up because he was the one who made everyone else happy, but it’s time for us to support one of our own - one of our Rugby League people - and support his wife and kids to live the life that he needs to live.Trent Robinson Roosters Head Coach
At NRL HQ on Monday, Robinson called on the Rugby League community to get behind the initiative and help support Mose and his family in their time of need.
Stand With Mose
“He had five years at the Roosters and I was fortunate enough to be there when Mose debuted in the NRL,” Robinson said.
“This is difficult for Mose. He’s the happy warrior – the guy that always had the biggest smile in the room, and when he played he had the biggest smile on the field as well. For him, it was always about making others feel good.
“What we don’t know is the effect this can have on a family. His partner and three kids are over there in England, he’s lost his livelihood. We get to enjoy this game every weekend, and because it is a brutal game, the compensation for when things go wrong isn’t the same as they are in normal life.
“It’s hard for Mose to put his hand up because he was the one who made everyone else happy, but it’s time for us to support one of our own - one of our Rugby League people - and support his wife and kids to live the life that he needs to live.
“If you can go and donate on Men of League and also share that link and put back in what you would for a ticket to a game of Rugby League and donate that to Mose, it will go a long way to help improve the quality of life to him and his family.
“Mose has fought hard and fought to walk again, but he’s going to need his support for the rest of his life.
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.Mose Masoe
An emotional and humbled Masoe gave his to the NRL and Men of League and detailed his upcoming battle with an upbeat and positive attitude.
“It’s absolutely humbling as a person, as a player to get this support,” Mose explained.
“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. Being in lockdown for a year, it’s awesome to see the NRL back and see the boys back playing who shared my story and sent out their positive messages and the encouragement for myself and others.
“It’s quite an emotional time for me. I’m one of those people who doesn’t like putting my hand out to receive help. It’s been truly humbling, I’m grateful for everyone’s help and I’m looking forward to this weekend.”