Mose Masoe in high spirits after horrific spinal injury paralysed rugby star

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staronline@reachplc.com (Julie Stott)

Mose Masoe insists he’s had a good year and feels lucky in spite of his horrific spinal injury.

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It’s almost a year to the day since the Hull KR prop was warned he may never walk again after being paralysed in a pre-season game.

But the 31-year-old father of four refuses to get down and wants to inspire others who are suffering because of Covid.

He said: “Everyone is going through a tough time but I’d just urge people to hang in there. Tough times don’t last – good times will come back.

“I’m looking forward to the new season, when hopefully fans will be allowed back, because there’s so many people I want to meet and thank for supporting me.”

Mose Masoe in high spirits after horrific spinal injury paralysed rugby star
Mose Masoe will never play professionally again

The former Samoa international, who won Super League with St Helens six years ago, was paralysed from the shoulders down in that fateful friendly at Wakefield on January 12.

But he’s defied the odds to learn to walk with crutches and is being kept on by Rovers next year, even though he’ll never play again.

He said: “It’s weird but in a way I consider myself lucky because it could have been 100 times worse.

“A lot of people with spinal injuries never have an opportunity to learn to walk and do things again.

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“Rovers have been awesome and just want me to concentrate on my rehab and come in and be around the boys whenever I can.”

Mose Masoe on his way to rehabilitation in the summer

Co-captain Masoe acted as an inspiration to his team-mates this year with his positive mindset, joining them at a few games, and will continue to play a key role for the club.

He said: “I want to be there for the team in whatever way they need me. I’m also hoping to help out with the club’s mental health charity Mind.

“I just need to build up my endurance because fatigue kicks in as I try to push myself.

“I can get around on crutches and can walk short distances at home without them. But I’m trying to learn how to stand up again if I fall.

“It’s okay at home because there are things I can pull myself up with but if it happens outside it’s different.

“It’s frustrating because I’ve been working on this for two months and I still can’t do it. But when I think about where I was in January it puts everything into perspective.”

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Masoe’s fourth child was born in July and baby Lui, brother Benson and sisters Evie-Rose and Marlowe continue to spur him on.

He said: “Lui is the best thing to happen to us in 2020. It sounds weird but it’s been a good year.”

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