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UK rugby coach and player Tommy Smales has died at 83 from prostate cancer:

http://www.pontefractandcastlefordexpress.co.uk/news/former-rugby-coach-and-player-passes-away-1-8827930

 

It's this Tommy Smales: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Smales

Not this rugby player, also named Tommy Smales: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Smales

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John Atkinson, English rugby player with 12 caps for England between 1968 and 1978 and 26 caps for Great Britain between 1968 and 1980, has died aged 71. He played at the 1968, 1970, 1972 and 1975 Rugby League World Cups.

 

Edit: BBC obituary.

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On ‎12‎/‎6‎/‎2017 at 05:05, Spade_Cooley said:

Egg-chasing legend Graeme Langlands makes a pitch for your 2018 outfits: "too unwell" to attend a hearing relating to allegations of noncing.

And HERE is a truly asinine obit wherein he is called 'immortal'.
Where was the editor?
SC

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Just now, gcreptile said:

Come on...where is the Kevin Carr indirect obit?

 

Funnily enough, literally minutes before your post, I found out he got another UK non-QO - https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/walsall/2018/02/08/he-was-my-all-time-hero---brother-pays-tribute-to-all-blacks-hero-from-the-black-country/

 

As I mentioned before, his case really does illustrate the obitability gap between Australia and NZ. Could you see someone from Australia with a life story like his not QOing?

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Sir Nicholas Shehadie, aged 92. Australian union player in the 1940s, later a Mayor of Sydney and husband to the NSW Governor.

 

 

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Bristol Rugby club announced second row Joe Batley has been diagnosed with a form of cancer.   Batley is just 21 years old.

He joined Bristol from Gloucester Rugby this summer and has made 11 appearance for the Greene King IPA Championship leaders.

Following medical investigations it was confirmed by the club on Thursday the lock has Hodgkin Lymphoma.

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Keith Murdoch, former All-black, who was the first NZ player to be sent home from a tour (1972), after a fracas at a Cardiff hotel, died 30 March aged 74. He never played rugby again, leading a nomadic, somewhat reclusive, lifestyle eschewing media attention.

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1 minute ago, time said:

Keith Murdoch, former All-black, who was the first NZ player to be sent home from a tour (1972), after a fracas at a Cardiff hotel, died 30 March aged 74. He never played rugby again, leading a nomadic, somewhat reclusive, lifestyle eschewing media attention.

 

I was literally about to post the same story. What a curious tale.

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Read the obit from the Sydney Morning Herald this morning, mental stuff about saving the kid from drowning up to the murdered aborigine .

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Former Wales and British & Irish Lions rugby player Gareth Williams has died aged 63 after a battle with a rare nervous system disorder.

The death of Williams, who had been suffering with multiple system atrophy since 2012, was confirmed by his former club Bridgend Ravens.

Williams won five Wales caps between 1980 and 1982 and appeared on the Lions tour to South Africa in 1980.
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Britain's (now former) oldest rugby international, Harry Walker, dead at 103. Surprisingly never DDP picked.

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8 years ago today,  the eponymous Andy Ripley died aged 62.

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