St George-Illawarra Dragons mourning death of club legend Robin Gourley


The Dragons are mourning the death of one of the hard men of their legendary golden era in the 1950s and ’60s.

St George set records that will never be broken in winning 11 straight premierships, and tough Irish born forward Robin Gourley was a key man in their artillery.

Gourley, who played in two of the victorious grand finals and won another in reserve grade, passed away earlier this week after a long battle with dementia at the age of 85.

Gourley’s son Scott also became a Dragons favourite, playing over 100 games in the Big Red V in the 1990s.

Born in 1935 in Northern Ireland, Gourley played rugby union in his formative years before moving to the NSW country town of Wagga at the age of 23.

He won selection for NSW from Wagga and was quickly snapped up by St George in 1963, serving his apprenticehip in the lower grades before playing a key role in the club’s 1965 and 1966 grand final wins.

Dragons players are expected to wear black armbands this weekend as a mark of respect to one of their finest.

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