Robert Rocky Laurie dead at 66, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Eastern Suburbs Roosters

Robert “Rocky” Laurie, the first recipient of the Dally M Medal, has died aged 66.

The former Eastern Suburbs and South Sydney five-eighth played 122 first-grade games between 1976 and 1982, scoring 28 career tries.

He was awarded the Dally M Medal in 1980 following a remarkable campaign with the Rabbitohs in his final year at the club. To this day he remains the only South Sydney player to have ever won the coveted award.

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Laurie represented the New South Wales Blues once in 1981, also playing for City and County.

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News of Laurie’s tragic death caused widespread mourning among the rugby league community on Saturday evening.

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