The Randwick Rugby Club mourns the sudden loss of John R Murray. John passed away Saturday, 07 May 2016 while holidaying with friends in Bali.
John graduated from Sydney Boys High School (Vice-Captain 1965) and The University of Sydney
Faculty of Dentistry before joining the Randwick Club. A flanker who played 85 Club games from
1970 to 1977, missing the 1973-74 seasons while overseas. 65 of these games were in First Grade
and included the 1971 winning First Grade Grand Final. In 1970 he was joint winner of the Club
Best and Fairest Player Award. Always an enthusiastic and a tenacious competitor John played with
intelligence, exceptional speed and high- level ball skills.
His representative record included:
The Australian Junior Wallabies 1971 match against South Africa, the Australian Under 23s Colts tour
of Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan of 1972 and the Australian Barbarians. His omission from
Waratah and Wallaby senior teams remains a mystery.
Upon retirement John became the Club Trainer-Conditioner 1978-88. He coached Third Grade Colts
1997 and Reserve Grade 1998-2001. He was also Coach in 1999 of the Randwick tour team to Japan
and the UK. John was Club Vice-President 2002-03. Other administrative work engaged in by him included
the IT Committee 2002-04, the Constitution Committee 2002-03, the commissioning of a demographic
survey and the development of website affiliations with leading rugby clubs around the world. For his
many services to the Club John was elected a Life Member in 2005.
John’s generosity of spirit also extended to financial assistance. He provided jersey sponsorship 2002-03
and, more recently, a commitment to the student assistance scheme between the Club and the
University of NSW.
In addition to all that has been written here, John Murray was also a consummate gentleman, with an
enquiring mind and a genuine interest in the welfare of his fellow man. Together with unfailing kindness
and courage he has left us with indelible memories of his life and character.
Vale John Murray
You will be missed.