#PlayinPurple Rugby League

Join us in purple this July!

#PlayinPurple Rugby

We are excited to announce that #PlayinPurple will return to rugby fields across Australia in 2023! This year, the campaign will be held for the first time over 3 weekends in July- 15/16, 22/23 and 29/30!

#PlayinPurple is now in its 9th year and continues to grow across Australia, being embraced by rugby players from all codes, ages and geographies, all playing passionately in purple socks on one weekend of the local season to raise critical awareness for pancreatic cancer. 

In 2022, we began to see more growth in the NRL code, with the campaign supported by state and regional associations, governing bodies, as well as some high-profile A-Level clubs, for a truly national footprint. As a result of this growth, PanKind and #PlayinPurple are proud to support the 2023 Ken Wilson Cup to be played between the Newtown Jets and the Sydney Roosters on the 28th of May. We are excited to see rugby fields turn purple this year for this important cause.

Download an information pack for clubs and associations:


Get your purple socks on!

Key information for the 2023 campaign

Key information for the 2023 campaign:

  • #PlayinPurple runs on weekends of July 15/16, 22/23 and 29/30. (clubs choose their round to play in purple socks) 
  • All players, clubs and codes are encouraged to participate Australia-wide, with a simple change of your local club socks to purple socks for one weekend!
  • PanKind purple socks are $15 per pair and the funds raised will go directly toward pancreatic cancer research
  • Players can choose to wear the 2023 socks and simply make a donation
  • We encourage each participating club to create its own fundraisers on the day, or in the lead-up to the participating weekend. This could include bake sales, team challenges or hosting a club raffle.
  • A #PlayinPurple participation pack including a social media guide is provided to each club. Campaign hashtags are #playinpurple #pancreaticcancer, and social media handles to tag in posts are @PanKindFoundation (Facebook) or @pankind_apcf (Instagram).
  • Clubs and associations are able to make a direct donation to PanKind.
  • The online store will open when the campaign is launched in early April.
  • Clubs can contact us for support and to order in bulk for your players. Express your interest
    via email: playinpurple@pankind.org.au