Former NRL star makes shock comeback to play alongside three sons in Subbies rugby

By Jon Geddes

FORMER North Sydney Bears NRL star Mark Soden has made an extraordinary comeback to the field  – playing alongside three of his sons in a subbies rugby game on Saturday.

The 54-year-old “Papa Bear,” who played 180 games for the Bears between 1988-99, teamed up with his sons Joe, 29, Charlie, 27, and Lewi, 23, in the Terrey Hills Wolves team that recorded their first win of the year beating Epping 22-0 at Terrey Hills Oval in the Halligan Cup.

One of the feelgood rugby stories of the season was a very special moment for the proud dad and his boys -  a unique experience that they will treasure forever.

Adding to the occasion Soden’s wife Lisa was on the sideline after originally saying she wasn’t going to watch, no doubt fearing that it wouldn’t end well.

“To be out there with my boys was one of the most special moments of my life,” Soden told Rugby News.

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