The Cronulla Sharks have today released a statement confirming that promising young prop Fine Kula has been diagnosed with brain cancer, forcing his immediate retirement.
Kula, aged 21, joined the Sharks from New Zealand in 2014, playing for their Harold Matthews Cup side, where he was a member of their premiership winning team in 2015 and won the competition’s Player of the Year award.
In 2016 and 2017, he played for their SG Ball Cup side before being called up to make his Holden Cup debut in Round 17 of the 2017 season.
Over the next two seasons, he became a regular in the Sharks’ Jersey Flegg Cup side, coming off the bench in their 2018 Grand Final win over Penrith.
Before receiving the diagnosis, Kula was training with the Sharks’ NRL squad over the pre-season.
Our thoughts and best wishes are with Fine and his family, friends and everyone at the Cronulla Sharks.
Read Sharks’ statement: https://www.sharks.com.au/news/2020/02/01/sharks-statement—fine-kula/