The rugby league community is in mourning today with the news that Robert ‘Rocky’ Laurie has passed away at the age of 66.
Rocky Laurie played 64 games for the Rabbitohs between 1978-1980 scoring 16 tries. He famously won the first Dally M Player of the Year award and Five-Eight of the Year in 1980.
In 1980 he was also awarded the South Sydney DRLFC Best & Fairest Player.
Robert Laurie was born in 1956 and comes for Wauchope NSW. He began his career at the Roosters making his NRL debut off the bench in an 11-10 win over the Bulldogs in 1976.
Some of his teammates that day were Russell Fairfax, Ron Coote and Arthur Beetson.
Rocky moved to the Rabbitohs in 1978 and became South first grade player #642, scoring a try in a 10-8 win over his former club the Roosters. His Rabbitohs teammates that day included Terry Fahey, Gary Wright, Bob McCarthy and Paul Sait.
Rocky returned to the Roosters for the 1981-82 season finishing his career with a total of 122 NRL games and 28 tries.
Rocky recently attended the Souths Players Association (SPA) reunion in April and was on the field in the guard of honour when the Rabbitohs defeated the Dragons 24-12 at Accor Stadium.
In our former players chat group we are all expressing our extreme sadness at the loss of a great friend and teammate.
Rest in peace Rocky, a truly great Souths man.
By Steve Mavin