The Sharks will dedicate their NRL Nines campaign to Fine Kula, with the players to wear jerseys featuring #FightForFine printed on the back in raising awareness as to plight of the 21-year-old front rower who is battling brain cancer.
Following training today, coach John Morris, who has been driving the Sharks support for Kula and his family, unveiled the special Nines jersey, naming Ronaldo Mulitalo in the 10 jersey, the number worn by Fine most recently in the Sharks Jersey Flegg winning season of 2018, in honour of his childhood friend.
As a part of the Sharks #FightForFine, the players match-worn jerseys from the NRL Nines will be personally signed and auctioned, while a GoFundMe page has also been set up, with the proceeds of both initiatives going to the Kula family.
CLICK HERE to make a donation on the GoFundMe page, while the jersey auction will be activated following the NRL Nines tournament this weekend.
In addition, the Sharks are working with the Men of League Foundation in organising an event later in the year which will also financially assist the Kula family with Fine’s treatment and recovery.
Training with the Sharks fulltime NRL squad prior to Christmas, Kula complained of severe headaches, which a series of tests later revealing grade-four medulloblastoma brain cancer.
A popular member of the Sharks squad and a player with immense potential, Kula was a part of Cronulla’s championship-winning Matthews Cup and Jersey Flegg teams,
A type of cancer rarely found in adults, the recovery rates are largely unknown, with the devastating news hitting Kula, his family, friends and all at the Sharks extremely hard as he recently announced he will hang up the boots in directing his efforts to his recovery and beating the disease.
His illness has put a huge emotional and financial strain on the family, hence the Sharks support of Fine as he fights for his life.
Please go to the GoFundMe page, established to support Fine during this challenging period.
Click here to show your support #FightForFine