Australia's oldest Test Captain Wally O'Connell passes away

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    Vale Wally O'Connell

    Wed 28 Jun, 2017, 6:54pm
    Media Release, NRL

    The NRL has today paid tribute to former Manly and Kangaroos captain Wally O'Connell, who has died aged 94.

    O'Connell played 10 Test matches for Australia and was the Kangaroos' oldest living Test captain.

    He was a captain-coach of Manly in 1950-52, while he was also a Queensland coach in 1973.

    "Wally was a wonderful five-eighth for Manly," NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said.

    "Very few players ever get to captain their country but it speaks for Wally's talent and leadership that he was part of that select group.

    "He leaves a wonderful legacy.

    "He will be sorely missed by everyone at Manly, but also the game which he was a special part of."

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