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A tearful Sharks winger Ronaldo Mulitalo needed to be consoled by his boss, head coach John Morris on Tuesday – showing the type of emotion NRL fans rarely see.
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Ronaldo Mulitalo hugs John Morris after receiving his Fine Kula tribute jersey. Picture: Brett CostelloSource:News Corp Australia
Mulitalo with the jersey. Picture: Brett CostelloSource:News Corp Australia
#FightForFine. Picture: Brett CostelloSource:News Corp Australia
The Daily Telegraph photographer Brett Costello captured this endearing image of Mulitalo at Shark Park after he’d received a special tribute jersey in front of his teammates, that Cronulla will wear at this weekend’s NRL Nines in Perth.
Stamped across the back of the jersey are the words #FightForFine.
Fine Kula, is the young Sharks forward battling brain cancer – and Mulitalo, his closest mate, was handed the front-forward number of 10 by Morris, to wear at the Nines.
“I knew he’d be emotional when I gave it to him,” Morris said.
The Cronulla team hold their special NRL Nines jersey. Picture: Brett CostelloSource:News Corp Australia
“He’s been outstanding through all this, as a friend, he’s everything I would want in a mate.
“Obviously the boys are very upset, but they’ve rallied around Fine.
“The campaign ‘FightForFine’ sums it up, we’re here with him every step of the way and hopefully we can do our bit to help his recovery and get him back to full health.”
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.
Originally published as#FightForFine: Moment Sharks were brought to tears
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