Sharks pay tribute to Kula at NRL Nines

Cronulla will pay tribute to Fine Kula at the NRL Nines in Perth after launching a fundraising campaign for the young prop battling brain cancer.

Cronulla will honour Fine Kula at this week's NRL Nines in Perth after launching a fundraising campaign to support the young prop during his battle with brain cancer.

The Sharks will raise money under the "Fight for Fine" banner which will feature on the back of their Nines jerseys in WA.

And in a special tribute, Kula's best mate - Cronulla winger Ronaldo Mulitalo - will wear the young prop's No.10 jersey.

Sharks coach John Morris said the club would also launch a Go Fund Me page as well as auction off autographed Nines jerseys next week with all money going to Kula's family.

"The campaign Fight for Fine sums it up. We are here with him every step of the way," he said.

"Hopefully we can do our bit to help his recovery and get him back to full health."

Morris put on a brave face on Tuesday but admitted the club were still reeling from 21-year-old Kula's diagnosis that was announced by the NRL club earlier this month.

Kula had been added to the Sharks' top 30 squad in 2020 after progressing through the junior grades over five years.

But he was forced to retire immediately after the shock diagnosis.

Morris said Kula had been visited by a constant stream of teammates as he underwent treatment at Liverpool hospital.

"It's been an emotional time. It's unchartered waters for a lot of these young men," he said.

"They haven't experienced this.

"There was a period there where we knew he was in a bit of trouble, and didn't quite know the diagnosis and then we found out at camp last week.

"Obviously the boys were very upset but they have rallied around Fine and the family and all gone out and seen him at hospital - I think that has lifted his spirits."

The most frequent visitor has been Mulitalo who has even slept on the floor of Kula's hospital room just to remain by his mate's side.

Mulitalo shed tears when he was presented with his No.10 Nines jersey on Tuesday.

"I knew Ronnie would be a bit emotional when I gave him the No.10," Morris said.

"It's been a challenging pre-season for us ... (but) he's been outstanding throughout all this."


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