Regan Burley, Neori Kuramulawa and Ben Gapps show off the Rhinos’ pink jersey in preparation for their Mother’s Day game next Sunday.
Regan Burley, Neori Kuramulawa and Ben Gapps show off the Rhinos’ pink jersey in preparation for their Mother’s Day game next Sunday. Adam Hourigan

Rhinos to be decked out in pink

IMAGINE 125kg Xavier Sullivan running at you.

Now imagine 125kg Xavier Sullivan running at you decked in pink.

Scary, isn’t it?

Ballina players will be the first to feel the brunt of pink power when the Grafton Rhinos line up in round 2 of the NRRRL season on May 14.

In cooperation with the McGrath Breast Cancer Foundation, some of league’s hardest heads will wear the alternate strip in support of the charity.

“It’s been a bit of an ambition of ours to have a special Mother’s Day game for a while,” Rhinos’ supremo Tony Stackhouse said.

“We just came up with the idea to support the McGrath Foundation.

“Rugby league has a responsibility to support the community and breast cancer is something that is very much in the forefront of people’s minds.

“The game against Ballina is our first home game.”

And the prospect of putting their masculinity to the test does not faze the Rhinos’ troops.

“The blokes are quite excited,” Stackhouse said.

“They all think they all look great.

“The cricketers have gone out in pink. One of the NRL teams went out as well last year.”

The McKittrick Park match is part of an ongoing push by the club to raise funds and support local events.

On Friday, May 12 South Grafton Ex-Servicemen’s Club will host Birth of Origin – a night of tales and laughs with league legends Arthur Beetson and Tommy Raudonikis.

“One is one of the best front-rowers of all time, an Immortal, and the other is voted one of the toughest men to play the game,” Stackhouse said.

For $25 per head and with tables of 10, the night will offer punters the chance to chat one-on-one with the duo, etched into Origin folklore as inaugural state skippers.

“Between the two events we would like to make a donation of at least a couple of thousand dollars,” Stackhouse said.

“Hopefully it will be a big one.”

Tickets are available from Sportspower, Great Northern Hotel and Footy Fever with the action to kick off at 7pm. The league season kicks off Sunday.



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