Starting out as a podcast in late 2018, Chasing Roos has gone on to interview a large contingent of the most important people from the international rugby league scene.
Originally recorded by host Michael Carbone with good friend Charlie Monte in Michael’s car (aka the mobile studio), the show quickly became the go-to podcast for international rugby league fans. The format tackled the three pertinent topics of the week along with the hugely successful Golden Point segment which took listeners through match results and developments in rugby league from all over the world.
As the show benefited from increased exposure, interviews with key rugby league figures took the place of the original three topics format and Michael formed a key relationship with now co-host “Big T, The Biggest Tiger”. Recognising the podcast for its expertise and professionalism, International Rugby League (IRL) then enlisted Michael to host a show under their banner and enlisted his services as a judge for the prestigious Golden Boot players award.
Recently, Chasing Roos has launched a dedicated website where people can purchase merchandise to help support their rugby league nation of choice. This development was made possible when Michael teamed up with Phil Browne from Mascord-Brownz once Phil moved from England back to his native country of Australia.
What a lot of fans don’t know, is just how much Chasing Roos give back to deserving rugby league causes all over the globe. Everything Rugby League thought it would be a worthwhile project to take a look through each sponsorship and support program Chasing Roos plays a part in around the world.
BRASIL RUGBY LEAGUE
Coming on board as a Brasil Rugby League sponsor in 2021, Chasing Roos now feature on the back of the Brazil Rugby League men’s jersey with Phil Browne stating: “We wanted to sponsor a nation that is doing great things for the game on a domestic, international and heritage front and we believe Brazil Rugby League are not only doing this but exceeding all expectations”
CARDIFF BLUE DRAGONS
Recently announced as a sponsor of the Cardiff Blue Dragons Under 12s boys team for the remainder of the 2021 season and 2022, the funding provided will be used to purchase a new playing kit where Chasing Roos will feature as a sleeve sponsor. Michael Carbone said: “I love the development pathways evolving in Wales for both male and female participants. We believe a Welsh junior club like Cardiff Blue Dragons are in a perfect position to make the best use of our sponsorship funds.”
NETHERLANDS RUGBY LEAGUE
Netherlands domestic rugby league referees were in need of new uniforms and training. Chasing Roos and their listeners provided the funds required and they now feature as the referee’s sponsor. Michael Carbone said: “Our Netherlands sponsorship was a crowdfunded effort on behalf of our podcast listeners. The funds went towards referee courses and kits. Seeing our logos on the referee shirts during the only official men’s rugby league international of 2020 was special.”
After New Zealand native Quinn Robinson suffered a spinal fracture playing rugby league in London, a suitcase full of merchandise was donated to the UK based club. A tradesman, Quinn was unable to work for 3-6 months whilst he recovered. Currently working in an office job, the proceeds of sales and a GoFundME page started by the club, have gone towards supporting Quinn due to a loss in wages.
NICARAGUA RUGBY LEAGUE
A Central American country known for its dramatic landscapes, Nicaragua is a developing rugby league nation. Chasing Roos was a sleeve sponsor in 2020, and also provided funding in order to help them get officially registered with the Nicaragua Sports Ministry.
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