We are delighted to announce that the Sky Sports Rugby League team of Jenna Brooks, Barrie McDermott and Terry O'Connor are to take part in the rugby ball relay as it is walked between UK Super League grounds later this month.
Organised by the Mose Masoe Foundation, the ball has been in Australia for some weeks collecting the signatures of NRL club captains.
It will soon head back to England, where it will be walked between Super League grounds, collecting all club captain signatures required to create the ultimate piece of modern day rugby league memorabilia.
Fans will be able donate to support the ball on its journey and importantly show their support for Mose and his family, whose lives were forever changed when he suffered a C4/C5 incomplete spinal cord injury last January which led to him being diagnosed tetraplegic.
The aim between now and July 1, when Mose will carry the ball out in front of the Hull College Craven Park crowd, is to secure 24,353 donations – one for each mile the ball will have travelled to return it into his hands.
People can donate any amount through the Foundation’s Go Fund Me page, or make a donation between £5 and £20 via text.
The ball initially travelled from Hull to Auckland, and following a period in isolation has been passed to Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Newcastle, Gold Coast Brisbane and Townsville, collecting signatures before being flown back to the UK.
It will start the second stage of its journey to collect the signatures of all Super League captains, beginning at St Helens on June 17th where it will be signed by the captains of the Saints and the Warrington Wolves ahead of their televised Super League clash.
It will then head to Wigan on the same night before being walked to Leigh and then Salford on the 18th. The ball will head to Huddersfield on the 19th, reaching Leeds and Wakefield on the 20th. It will reach Castleford on the 21st and Hull on the 22nd, before being stored safely away and handed to back to Mose on July 1 when the Robins face Hull FC.
The Sky Sports team will be taking part on the second leg of the UK relay on June 18th as the ball travels from WiganWarriors, to Leigh Centurions and then to the SalfordDevils
The ball will eventually be auctioned off as the ‘ultimate piece of modern day rugby league memorabilia.’