Vale Jeff Sayle


4/10/2019





The rugby community is in mourning after the passing of larger-than-life Randwick Rugby Club figure, NSW Waratah and one-Test Wallaby, Jeff Sayle.

Sayle passed away peacefully on Monday night after a long and courageous health battle, aged 77.

The Wallabies flanker was a much-loved figure across the game, the “heart and soul” of the Randwick Rugby Club, and a lifetime devotee to his local community.

A ten-time premiership winner with the ‘Galloping Greens’ (four as a player, and six as a coach), Sayle was capped in one Test for the Wallabies in 1967 against the All Blacks in Wellington to go with three matches for New South Wales.

While there was much to be celebrated in his brief representative career, it was in his beloved myrtle green jersey that Sayle made his proudest memories. He fronted up in 379 club games - 160 of which were in first grade.

After finally hanging up his boots in 1982, he earned legendary status as a coach steering Randwick’s first grade side to six Shute Shield titles and nurturing some of the greatest talent Australian Rugby has ever seen in the Ella Brothers, Simon Poidevin and David Campese.

He later served as the club’s treasurer, secretary and President, and was club patron from 2003 as well as being made a life member.

Sayle also coached the state side in 1981 for six games, notching four victories while in charge.

Eventually he would be inducted as an Honorary Life Member of NSW Rugby Union (NSWRU) in 2008, in recognition of a lifetime of service across all levels of the game.

Sayle would also go on to earn an Australian Sports Medal in 2001 for his services to rugby, as well as an Order of Australia in 2006 – which also acknowledged his involvement with Surf Life Saving.

The NSWRU sends it condolences to Jeff’s family, friends and the Randwick Rugby Club.


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