Australian rugby legend passes away at 102

 October 20, 2023

Australian rugby fans were saddened this week after legendary former player Eric Tweedale died at the age of 102. 

According to, Tweedale was born in England but immigrated to Australia as a child where he took up what would become his signature sport.

A career that spanned continents

Tweedale's career was interrupted by WWII, which saw him serve in the South Pacific after volunteering for the Royal Australian Navy.

Following the war, Tweedale was selected to play for Australia's national union rugby team, which is nicknamed the Wallabies. 

Tweedale's time spent as a rugby player took him to the United Kingdom and Europe. He went on to coach the sport following his retirement.

Niece will miss her uncle's "rib-crushing hugs"

Tributes to Tweedale quickly appeared online, including from his niece, Newcastle Councilor and podcast host, Carol Duncan.

In a post put up on the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, Duncan called her uncle "a sensational man" and added that she would "miss his rib-crushing hugs."

Christy Doran is a former Fox Sports correspondent who currently serves as Rugby editor at The Roar, and he spoke up as well, declaring, "The oldest Wallaby Eric Tweedale farewelled us recently. RIP."

Tweedale was reunited with girlfriend after 62 years

Tweedale was the subject of a report in 2018 by Rugby World Cup about how he was reunited with his girlfriend 62 years after they met during WWII.

"I remember walking into the hall that night with a few of my friends there, and I looked straight across the other side of the hall, and there was this good-looking, blond, blue-eyed young lass," Tweedale recalled.

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