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It’s not every day that you get to attend a Rugby League match named in your honour but that’s exactly what happened for True Blue and NSWRL Ambassador Mark Hughes during a recent school visit in Kurri Kurri.

Hughes, a former premiership winner with the Newcastle Knights who is well known for establishing the Mark Hughes Foundation after his battle with brain cancer, was flattered to be part of the day and present the Cup to the winning team.

“As a NSWRL Ambassador, we care about what’s happening in the Newcastle and Hunter Valley Region and fully support the development of Rugby League in this area,” Hughes told

“I’ve met a lot of kids that are keen in Rugby League, and we want to support that and be behind that.

 “One of the days at Kurri Kurri, they were playing for the Mark Hughes Cup which had special significance.

“It was good to witness that day and present the winners.”

Hughes said he was enjoying his role as a NSWRL ambassador and spreading the word to all kids in the area to get involved in Rugby League following his school visits.

“We’re aiming to develop and oversee Rugby League in the area, so it’s me getting out and about to represent NSWRL,” Hughes said.

Acknowledgement of Country

New South Wales Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.