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The Men of League Foundation Round (Round 20, 21 – 25 July) provides an opportunity for our game to support men, women and children of the Rugby League Community who have fallen on hard times.

Founded by Rugby League greats Jim Hall, Max Brown and Ron Coote AM, the concept for the Foundation came about when Ron expressed his concerns after seeing game legend Doug McRitchie dying alone in a New South Wales South Coast hospital.

Together, the men identified a need to establish a Foundation which supports the tight-knit rugby league community.

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How does Men of League help in the community?

Since 2002 the Men of League Foundation have:

  • Dispensed over $4,500,000 in benevolent assistance which includes support for men, women and children from all levels of the game who suffer injury or illness and find themselves in financial hardship.
  • Continued to provide support to our ill and socially disadvantaged members through visits from welfare officers totalling over 5,000 hours annually
  • Since inception in 2002 we have had over 29,000 members
  • Established 40 Local Committees across Australia
  • Over 500 active volunteers
  • Conduct over 150 events annually

Case Studies

The Boggitt Family

Late in 2014 the Men of League Foundation were made aware of the Boggitt family whose daughter, a single parent with two young daughters aged 8 and 10 had tragically passed away. Read the story here


Jamieson Leeson

Jamieson is a 13 year old that is a mad rugby league and Manly Warringah Sea Eagles supporter. Jamieson lives with spinal muscular atrophy. The Men of League Foundation is helping to support Jamieson and her family by providing a van with wheelchair access

Peter Thompson

Peter played rugby league for many years throughout the south coast NSW and for the Queanbeyan Blues. Peter has been diagnosed with leukaemia and now lives live in a wheelchair after becoming a double amputee.

Corey Perez

Corey is 22. He has played in the A-Grade junior side at CVD Cobras in Sydney's Parramatta District and loved every minute of playing rugby league. Then last December to his shock he was told he had an aggressive form of cancer called sarcoma.

Peter Dunn

Peter is 81 and he dedicated over 60 years to junior ruby league as an administrator, volunteer and a strapper in the 1950s and 1960s. His sight and hearing is deteriorating due to his old age.

Brett Hornsell

Brett is a former Gold Coast Giant, Brisbane Crusher and Parramatta Eel player. Brett played 154 first grade games in the NRL or equivalent level.


Men of League Foundation have produced unique socks to be worn on the Men of League Foundation weekend, not just by NRL clubs and players, but by the whole rugby league community.

Local and regional rugby league clubs are invited to get on board and wear a pair of the Men of League Foundation socks during games.

This is a great opportunity not just for our dedicated weekend, but for any weekend during July and August.

The socks are available for purchase through our online store on the Men of League website.

The socks are just $11.95 a pair and $4 from each pair sold will be donated back to the Men of League to help us raise funds to support the members of the rugby league community who are in need of welfare and support.

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