In 2015 Nick Tooth passed away following a devastating head injury playing a game of rugby union for his home club in Quirindi NSW. He was 25, living in Sydney and working in commodities trading.
On the rugby field Nick featured on and off in the Quirindi Lions since the under 6’s, was a team favourite throughout his time playing for the Shore School, a pillar of the Eastern Suburbs Rugby Club and a premiership winning player for Woollahra Colleagues Rugby Club.
It was off the rugby field that Nick made his biggest impact. His positivity was infectious, getting the most from each moment and giving the most to everyone around him.
In every way, Nick truly exonerated the way life should be lived.
The Nick Tooth Foundation was established in 2015 by Nicks family and a group of mates. It was born out of a desire to prevent others from suffering serious injury in rugby union whilst wanting to making sure the integrity and spirit of the game isn’t compromised.
To create awareness and aid in the prevention of sports-related brain injury, and to support the wellbeing of the broader rugby community.
In partnership with the Australian Australian Rugby Foundation and the Ian Tucker Foundation, we supported Rugby Australia to implement the 'Blue Card' concussion awareness tool across all levels of rugby union in Australia. The card gives referees authority right to remove players who are showing signs of concussion from the field. The ‘Blue Card’ was piloted at Toothy Ten’s in 2017 before being rolled out nationally in 2018.
Get Talkin' Tour
We support the NSW Positive Rugby Foundation and Batyr to deliver the the 'Get Talkin’ Tour' to communities in regional NSW. The program uses rugby as a vehicle to start important conversations around mental ill-health and promote positive wellbeing in local rugby clubs.
Nick's childhood friend
Nick's school friend
Nick's footy mate
Nick's footy mate
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