We care, advocate for and champion the safety of all the players in the game we love.


Meet Cody Everson.

“I was trying to get up and nothing was happening. I was trying to yell for help and, nothing was coming out.”

Cody was your typical Kiwi 15-year-old kid. Rugby mad, dreams of being an All Black, he never expected life to change in an instant, from what he calls “a bit of bad luck.”

On 11 June 2011, whilst playing for his Shirley Boys Frist XV Cody’s future was irrevocably changed when he suffered a C6 complete dislocation. His spinal cord was severed.

This is his story.

For seriously injured players like Cody, the NZ Rugby Foundation provides not only vital support and care, but a community that understands and empowers those effected by lifechanging events. To us, a player is a member of our rugby family for life. No matter where life’s journey goes, we’re here to share the ups and downs.

By donating to our Annual Appeal, you’ll not only be supporting our seriously injured players, you’ll be helping us care, advocate for and champion the safety of all players in the game we love.

Where We Need Your Help

Career & Education Fund

By donating towards this fund, you enable seriously injured players and their significant others and children to achieve an education they might otherwise not be able to attain due to the financial limitations of a family caring for a seriously injured player.

Wellbeing & Whānau Support Fund

By donating to this fund, you are supporting initiatives that will improve the emotional, spiritual and mental wellbeing of seriously injured players and their whānau, which they may otherwise be unable to access. ​​​​​​​

Physical Development & Equipment Fund

The seriously injured players we support have suffered lifelong and debilitating injuries, but your donation to this fund will enable us to provide the specialised mobility equipment and adaptive devices that will allow them to ride a bike, play basketball and pass the footie ball again.

Home & Garden Maintenance Fund

Maintaining a tidy and attractive yard is an intrinsic value for most kiwis. By donating to this fund, you provide us with the means to take an additional burden from our seriously injured players and their families, while instilling the sense of pride a great looking garden and lawn produces.

Research Fund

The research projects we support are focused on safe and injury free participation in rugby and we have a particular interest in sports concussion and injury prevention.

General Fund

By donating to the General Fund, your gift provides us with the flexibility to respond where the greatest need might lie in a given year, whether to support our seriously injured players, or to further Prevention/Research and Education or fund seriously injured player Advocacy.