Mose Masoe has had to face trials and tribulations much worse than any of us are ever likely to face in our lives, yet the former St Helens and Hull KR man never seems to stop smiling.
Masoe arrived in Super League in 2014 helping new club St Helens to a first Super League title in eight years when they defeated Wigan at Old Trafford. After two years with the Saints and after an injury 2016 season with St George Illawarra Dragons in the NRL in which he didn’t play once, he joined Hull KR in 2017 but four years later he returned to Australia in a very different place in his life.
After endearing himself to the Hull KR fans helping them return to Super League and re-establish themselves as a top tier side, Masoe suffered a career ending injury in a pre-season friendly as the Robins prepared for the 2020 campaign.
There was a fear that he may never walk again but somehow, despite the pandemic, he managed to defy the odds. After being supported by Hull KR since his injury and the wider rugby league community in the UK over the last two years, he decided it was time to go home and despite the tragic way his time as a player ended, he still remains one of the most joyful players to have ever played in the UK.
Now, his former teammate at Saints, Sia Soliola, has organised a reunion for Masoe.
The Covid-19 pandemic and the fact Mose now lives on the Sunshine Coast has stopped his former teammates and friends from visiting him since he suffered the horrendous injury.
Soliola has organised a catch up from midday at the Coogee Legion Club next Thursday, August 4.
“We’ve missed him and it will be great to be able to give him a hug and say hi,” Soliola told the Daily Telegraph.
“Everyone is welcome and Mose would love to see as many people as possible.”