The Men of League Heritage

The Men of League Foundation was established on 11 July 2002 with a desire to assist rugby league players, coaches, referees, officials and administrators from all levels of the game and members of their families 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.

The name Men of League (MOL) was kindly given by Narelle Hughes, wife of former Canterbury player, Graeme Hughes. She had used the name for a calendar she had published for a number of years and all found it to be a name befitting the organisation.

In the 11 years following its inception, MOL membership has continued to grow and has now passed 25,000 members. The Foundation is sustained through its dedicated regional committees who run a number of fundraising events across the nation each year.

MOL runs and supports a number of projects to advance its cause, including:

  • Men of League Scholarship Scheme

  • Men of League Residential Care and Rehabilitation Facilities

  • Back to the Game

  • Social Welfare initiatives such as Kick-Off Club & Full Time Club

  • Sporting Chance Cancer Fund

In 2006, the Men of League Foundation was awarded status as a deductible gift recipient and a tax concession Charity.

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  • 17.07.15
    Men of League Announce Their Magnificent 7

    Magnificent 7 Announced The Men of League Foundation have announced their Magnificent 7 – the seven greatest halfbacks voted by the Australian rugby league public to have strapped on football boots at an elite level in Australia since 1961. 14 nominees for the Men of League’s Magnificent 7 were hand-picked by an expert panel comprising Wayne Bennett, Neil Cadigan, Phil Rothfield, Tim Sheens and Warren Smith. The rugby league community were then invited to select their Magnificent 7 from the nominees. After more than 2,400 votes were cast by the rugby league loving public and a long, diligent count the final results are in and we can unveil the Men of League’s Magnificent 7: Andrew Johns Allan Langer Steve Mortimer Tommy Raudonikis Billy Smith Peter Sterling Johnathan Thurston Last night after the Magnificent 7 were announced, Chairman of the Men of League Foundation, Ron Coote said “It is my privilege to acknowledge these players as one of the Magnificent 7 halfbacks. “Their exemplary commitment to the game of rugby league via their skill, dedication and flair has, according to the rugby league public, counted them among the best on record since television broadcasting began in 1961. “It is my pleasure to have had the opportunity to watch these great players play. Their ranking as one of Men of League’s Magnificent 7 is testament to their ability to lead their team in a pivotal role on the field and to provide the rugby league community with both inspiration and entertainment. “On behalf of the Board of the Men of League, congratulations to these Magnificent 7 on a brilliant career and this worthy recognition of your contribution to rugby league,” Ron Coote concluded. (Photo by Steven K Smith Photography) From left to right: Billy Smith, Allan Langer, Tommy Raudonikis, Steve Mortimer, Peter Sterling, Andrew Johns.