Who was Robert Laurie? Rugby Legend dead at 62

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Who was Robert Laurie?

Robert “Rocky” Laurie, born 1955/1956, was an Australian rugby league footballer.

He played for the Eastern Suburbs Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the New South Wales Rugby League premiership.

Who was Robert Laurie

Laurie along with Ian Schubert, both from the rural New South Wales (NSW) township of Wauchope, came to the Roosters in NSWRFL season 1975, although Laurie didn’t make his first-grade debut till the following season.

During the 1976 NSWRFL season, he played in the forwards, helping Eastern Suburbs to victory in their unofficial 1976 World Club Challenge match against British champions St. Helens in Sydney.

Laurie was awarded the 1980 Dally M Medal. Laurie played for Easts in their win at the final of the 1981 Craven Mild Cup.

In 1983 Laurie returned to Wauchope and captained a NSW Country representative side in a match against New Zealand’s South Island, Laurie starred in the match scoring 3 tries.

During the 1988 Great Britain Lions tour, Laurie captained a Northern Division side to victory over the visitors.

Rocky‘s younger brother, Mark Laurie, was a 3-time premiership winner with the Parramatta club.

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