Former Wallaby Prosser dies
August 14, 2008

Australian Rugby is in mourning following the sudden death of former long-serving Wallabies forward Roy Prosser.

Once Australia's most-capped prop with 25 Test appearances from 1967-1972, Prosser passed away in Brisbane last night following a heart attack.

"It is an absolutely tragic loss to our game," said Australian Rugby Union president Paul McLean.

"Roy was one of Rugby's all time great people.

"He had friends around the world; he was extremely well loved by the entire Wallabies family; and in many ways you would never meet a more generous person.

"His career on the field was also highly distinguished."

He made his Test debut in 1967 against England at Twickenham in a game the Wallabies won 23-11. The team that day was captained by Ken Catchpole and included Peter Johnson at hooker, Peter Crittle, Jules Gerassimoff, Phil Hawthorne, John Brass and Jim Lenehan.

Over the next six seasons, he would take on the might of the All Blacks and Springboks on 13 occasions.

Having played in Australian sides captained by Ken Catchpole, John Thornett, Peter Johnson and Greg Davis, Prosser played his final Test at Buckhurst Park, Suva, in 1972 where Australia defeated Fiji 21-19.

Born in Sydney on 18 February 1942, Prosser learned his Rugby at Newington College before joining the Northern Suburbs club where he made 220 first grade appearances and played 236 games in all.

The 1960's was a golden era for Norths and Prosser figured in three first-grade premiership winning sides. He also played 24 games for NSW from 1963-1972.

"Roy's passing is a sad loss for Rugby in this country," said NSWRU President Peter Medway. "His career at representative level speaks for itself, however his commitment to club Rugby was incredibly strong.

"He made a marked impact on the game at a grassroots level, but his loss will be felt around the Rugby world.

"The thoughts of the NSW Rugby community are with his family and friends."

In the mid-1970's he moved to Brisbane and was captain-coach when Western Districts won its inaugural top grade premiership in 1977.

Prosser was coach when future Wallaby fullback Roger Gould made his debut with the club. He also assisted another Test star in Stan Pilecki through his early years in representative football.

Roydon (Roy) Barnet Prosser
Position: Prop
Club: Northern Suburbs* (NSW), Western Districts (QLD)
State: NSW (1963-72 24 caps)
Tests: Australia (1965-72 25 caps)
* 220 First Grade Caps - Club Record

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