Fund launched to help injured Rovers star

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FEATHERSTONE Rovers have launched a fund-raising campaign to support Tangi Ropati who sustained a broken jaw in Saturday’s Carnegie Challenge Cup victory against Castleford Tigers.

Samoan international Ropati had three plates inserted in his face after his jaw was broken in two places.

All his teammates have donated part of their win bonus against Castleford to kick start the support fund.

Ropati’s income is greatly reduced during his three-month injury lay-off because his work visa is conditional that he can only earn a living from playing rugby league for Rovers.

Featherstone’s commercial manager Paul Taylor said: “The club has been inundated with people sending messages of support to Tangi and asking how they can support him during his recovery. The win against Castleford Tigers will live long in the memory but we have to remember the sacrifices players make every week when they go over that white line for our entertainment.”

The club has set up a bank account for the fund-raising campaign and donations can be made by cheques payable to “Tangi Ropati Support Fund.”For more information contact the club on 01977-702386.