Team List Tuesday – The Ferrari & The Falcon

Latrell Mitchell is back and former Souths captain ‘The Falcon’ Mario Fenech was at Redfern today for Team List Tuesday. Grant Chappell was there reporting and tweeted a photo of Latrell and Mario having a chat.

Latrell is back!
Watch our teams preview & Origin recap. 👆🏻

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their NRL squad for round 16 against the Parramatta Eels at Accor Stadium to be played this Saturday 2 July at 7:35pm.

Rabbitohs Head Coach Jason Demetriou has named Latrell Mitchell to return to the side at fullback with Mark Nicholls to start in the front row for this clash with the Eels.

Round 16 is the NRL’s Beanies for Brain Cancer round, raising funds for brain cancer research through the Mark Hughes Foundation. The Mark Hughes Foundation is hoping to sell 175,000 beanies this year with the aim to raise $3 million that will help establish a world leading team to solve brain cancer. Purchase your MHF beanie at Accor Stadium on Saturday or online at http://www.markhughesfoundation.com.au.

Junior Tatola & Mario Fenech.

One of Australia’s up-and-coming rap groups, the Sydney Yungins, will be performing on stage as part of the pre-game entertainment at Accor Stadium on Saturday night, performing two of their hit singles. The Sydney Yungins have over one million views on YouTube and 40 million streams on Spotify for the eight songs in their catalogue.

The Rabbitohs NSW Cup team will play against the Parramatta Eels in a curtain raiser to the NRL fixture at Accor Stadium on Saturday evening, kicking off at 5:10pm. Gates at Accor Stadium will open at 4:55pm.

The Rabbitohs Jersey Flegg Cup team will play the Eels at the Ironmark High Performance Centre at Redfern Oval on Saturday 2 July at 2pm. The Rabbitohs NSW Women’s Premiership team will play their final match of the season against the St Marys Saints on Monday 4 July at 7pm at the NSWRL Centre of Excellence at Sydney Olympic Park.

Mark Nicholls fronted the media today.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NRL squad for Saturday’s round 16 clash with the Eels is:
1) Latrell Mitchell
2) Alex Johnston
3) Taane Milne
4) Campbell Graham
5) Jaxson Paulo
6) Cody Walker
7) Lachlan Ilias
8) Junior Tatola
9) Damien Cook
10) Mark Nicholls
11) Keaon Koloamatangi
12) Jai Arrow
13) Cameron Murray (c)
Interchange:
14) Kodi Nikorima
15) Thomas Burgess
16) Siliva Havili
17) Hame Sele
18) Blake Taaffe 19) Isaiah Tass
20) Liam Knight
21) Ben Lovett
22) Davvy Moale
Head Coach – Jason Demetriou

The Rabbitohs NSW Cup squad for Saturday’s match up with the Eels is:
1) Jacob Gagai (c)
2) Izaac Thompson
3) Isaiah Tass
4) Richie Kennar
5) Josh Mansour
6) Blake Taaffe
7) Dean Hawkins
8) Davvy Moale
9) Jack Campagnolo
10) Shaquai Mitchell
11) Michael Chee Kam
12) Ben Lovett
13) Liam Knight
Interchange:
14) Shannon Gardiner
15) James Hasson (c)
16) Hugo Patterson
17) Trent Peoples
18) Jake Tago
Coach – Dane Dorahy

The Taree Ferrari & the Maltese Falcon

The Rabbitohs Jersey Flegg Cup squad for Saturday’s game against the Eels is:
1) Terrell Kalo Kalo
2) Carson Kaho
3) Leon Te Hau
4) Byron Parnell
5) Wesley Bruines
6) Dion Teaupa
7) Joseph Nohra
8) Thomas Giles (c)
9) Romano Cook
10) Isaiah Vailalo
11) Louis Grossemy
12) Benn Campagnolo
13) Tallis Duncan
Interchange:
14) Cruise Tweedie
15) Jaxson Rahme
16) Trent Griffiths
17) Oscar Mezzomo
18) Josh Rizk
19) Keahlan Bray
20) William Abou-Arrage Coach – Leon Latulipe

The Rabbitohs Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership side to play St Marys on Monday is:
1) Terri Anne Kelly
2) Rikka Lamb
3) Monique Donovan
4) Shannon Muru
5) Nikki Perugini
6) Akira Kelly
7) Rachael Pearson
8) Christine Pauli
9) Seli Mailangi
17) Moniqca Moale
10) Ellie Johnston
11) Tia Cook
13) Sharna Piccinelli (c)
Interchange:
20) Therse Aiton
15) Seneti Kilisimasi
16) Cindy Whiteley
18) Luti Maile
19) Kasey Taaffe
21) Te Aroha Hapuku
Coach – Shane Sultana

Chaps chat with Junior Tatola today.

“I still love the Rabbitohs” Lylah Williams

We shared a picture of young Rabbitohs fan Lylah Williams and Reggie Rabbit at WIN Stadium last Thursday. Lylah is a courageous young girl who loves Reggie and the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The image was given to us by Grant Johnson who is a friend of the Williams family and we used it as the cover photo for our Rabbitohs Results article.

Lylahs mum Natalie saw the article on Facebook and was thrilled to see her daughter featured on Rabbitohs Fans TV.

Lylah and Reggie at Win Stadium last week.

“OMG that’s my my Lylah with Reggie!!” said proud mum Natalie. “Lylah said to me tonight – Mama I still love the Rabbitohs, even after what happened”

Lylah loves the Rabbitohs.

After witnessing perhaps the worst first half of football this young lady has seen from her team in her life, her devotion to the mighty Rabbitohs is unwavering.

Natalie continued “You gotta love this kid”

We asked Natalie Williams to talk more about her Lylah and she sent us this:

“Our young Indigenous daughter Lylah, is aged 10 and loves her Rabbitohs team; She loves to watch her mighty Rabbitohs play on tv and when we could, travel up from the South Coast to watch them play at home. Lylah is a Reggie Rabbit fan club member and also a Type 1 Warrior!”

Lylah & dad Brett at the footy.

“Type 1 diabetes came into our life quickly and unexpectedly a few years ago, amid the coronavirus pandemic; on October 28th 2020 when Lylah, our then eight year-old daughter, was rushed to the hospital. She spent close to three weeks in two different paediatric hospital wards getting poked and prodded and pumped full of insulin. My husband and I sat there with tears in our eyes, our hearts aching with sadness and our minds filled with worry of what our future would look like once we left that hospital room. One thing that always bought a smile to her face was watching her beloved Bunnies play.”

“While watching the Rabbitohs play the Roosters one Friday night Lylah asked if any of the boys had Type 1? Can they play if they have diabetes? She asked her Dad.

We follow her favourite players Latrell Mitchell, Alex Johnson, Cody Walker, Keaon Koloamatangi, Cam Murray & Tom Burgess on Instagram but have yet to see any posts about diabetes or players with Type 1.”

Lylah wears her Dexcom G6 sensor.

“Lylah wears a Dexcom G6 sensor that has to be changed every 10 days, this is a continuous glucose monitoring device that is inserted into Lylah’s arm and checks her glucose levels in real time. Lylah’s had some really tough days, both physically & emotionally. Sometimes the site where we inject becomes bruised or bleeds. We have to alternate sites so she doesn’t get infections or lumps under the skin. These can stop the insulin being absorbed and doing its job. Lylah is still very young & adjusting to her diagnosis, She has learnt to inject but her dad and I still need to help her using her junior pen & measuring insulin units & with the finger prick tests for blood glucose levels and other things. We record every test result so we can monitor the changes over time. We measure her food and make sure she eats the correct amount of different types of food according to her insulin level. The right amount changes all the time.”

KFC, Souths Cares & Sunnies – Lylah is a cool kid.

“Even with daily monitoring and injections, Lylah will always be diabetic. Type 1 diabetes is incurable. She will live with this condition for the rest of her life, going to hospital every three months to check her progress and testing and injecting every day to control her blood sugar levels. In the long term she will also have a high risk of complications like diabetic eye diseases, heart and kidney problems. But we try to make her life as normal as possible. We just take it one day at a time and know we have a long journey ahead of us.”

“Lylah has struggled with being different to other kids at school, having to miss out on activities & events due to dangerous low hypo’s that just take their toll on her little body, have her feeling sick, not being able to think or talk properly, feeling weak with tingling in her hands, lips, tongue, arms & legs and finding it harder to move than usual. We have had days/nights of tears and questions, a young girl full of sadness & feelings of depression & hopelessness. It’s a disease that affects the whole family and has meant enormous changes for us all, But Lylah has the most to cope with. It’s her courage and persistence that inspires us all. We are so proud of our wonderful, strong, resilient and brave daughter.”

Easter Bunnie.

“A great organisation that we are in contact with is The Type 1 Foundation on Facebook, they aim to create awareness in the greater community, support families with life saving technology & connect families affected by type 1 Diabetes another is JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). They are working on research for the much needed cure, management and also prevention.””

“Sport & staying active is very important for kids with diabetes to keep BGL steady and keep healthy. Lylah tried out for touch football at school and though she didn’t make it this year she is not discouraged & with more practice with her Dad will try out again next year!”

“Lylah is an orange belt in MMA & trains with her Dad Brett, a proud Wiradjuri man & 3rd Dan black belt in both Full contact Karate & Jujitsu, Brett has supported the West Tigers since he was a young boy just like his Dad so the teasing and rivalry is at full speed when the Bunnies clash the Tigers! It was absolutely fantastic when Benji Marshall her Dad’s favourite player moved to the Bunnies from the Tigers and played so magnificently for the mighty Rabbitohs; Lylah would cheer & cheer for Benji in his Souths jersey & really give it to her Dad!!”

“And in a family full of Rabbitohs supporters going back to Lylah’s Nonna & great uncles who are loud & proud Fenech’s! Just like the Maltese Falcon legend Mario Fenech!! It’s GO RABBITOHS being screamed from the roof tops every time they run out.”

Rabbitohs are number 1.

By Steve Mavin with thanks to Grant Johnson, Natalie Williams & Lylah Williams.

Rabbitohs Results

A mixed weekend of results for our Rabbitohs teams. The first grade were hammered 32-12 by the Dragons on Thursday but our NSW Cup side won again today and moved up to 5th on the ladder, just one win behind the competition leaders Penrith.

Reggie Rabbit & Lylah at WIN Stadium on Thursday night.

The Rabbitohs have the bye next week then take on the 6th placed Eels at Accor Stadium on Super Saturday 7.35pm 2nd July.

The Rabbitohs TV team will be hosting the post match function in the P&O Members Deck.


Gone in the Gong.

A Cody Hodge hat trick continued his sparkling form as our NSW Cup side dismantled the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles with a huge eight tries to two 38-12 victory.

The score line actually flattered the Sea Eagles due to an Isaiah Tass off day with the boot.

Our NSW Cup team have the bye next week then play the 7th placed Eels before the first grade on Saturday 2nd July 5.10pm at Accor Stadium.

8 tries to 2.

Our Jersey Flegg boys started well again scoring tries in the 2nd, 3rd & 10th minute of the game only to be run down by the Sea Eagles 30-26.

The Jersey Flegg also have the bye and will kick off a huge triple header against the 9th placed Eels at Accor Stadium on Saturday the 2nd July at 3.25pm.

A great start not finished off.

Our womens team fought out a thriller against the 2nd placed Mounties, a Terri-Ann Caine try levelling the score at 20 all in the 69th minute.

Akira Kellys conversion to win the game was unsuccessful but it was still a fantastic improved performance by the team.

In two weeks time our women will be striving to celebrate US Independence Day with a victory over St Marys at the NSW Centre of Excellence 7pm on Monday the 4th of July.

20 all!

By Steve Mavin

Woeful in Wollongong – Dragons 32 Rabbitohs 12

The Rabbitohs TV crew take a look at the Bunnies bewildering performance against the Dragons last night at WIN Stadium, Wollongong.

Watch our game recap here.
WIN Stadium last night.
Game Highlights.

By Steve Mavin, Images Trevor Gillis

Latrell Mitchell returns to training with the Rabbitohs

Souths Sydney Rabbitohs fullback Latrell Mitchell returned to the training paddock at Redfern today having recovered from injury and Covid-19 setbacks.

Welcome back big fella!

He’s back!
Chaps one on one with Kodi Nikorima.👆🏻
Richard Nassif & Pete Mamouzelos at Redfern today. © Rabbitohs TV
Chaps one on one with Jai Arrow.👆🏻
Jai Arrow stands before the team. © Rabbitohs TV
Watch our Titans game recap on Rabbitohs TV.

By Steve Mavin & Grant Chappell

Rabbitohs Round 14 Results

NRL

A successful weekend for the Rabbitohs with the first grade defeating the Titans and 2 of our 3 pathways teams securing wins.

The Rabbitohs scored a 5 tries to 3 win over the Titans.
NRL: Rabbitohs 30 – Titans 16

Another Alex Johnston hat trick was a feature of our NRL teams victory at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

On Thursday 16th June 7.50pm at WIN Stadium Wollongong the 7th placed Rabbitohs take on the 10th placed Dragons .

JERSEY FLEGG

Jersey Flegg: Dragons 32 – Rabbitohs 12

Earlier on Saturday in Wollongong our Jersey Flegg boys got away to a great start scoring the first two tries before the Dragons raced away to a 32-12 win.

Next Sunday 19th June 12pm at 4 Pines Park, Brookvale the 12th placed Rabbitohs take on the 11th placed Manly Sea Eagles.

KNOCK ON EFFECT NSW CUP

NSW Cup: Rabbitohs 26 – Dragons 10

Following the Flegg game in Wollongong the Bunnies NSW Cup team played some super footy on the way to a 26-10 win over the Dragons. The men in red and green began beautifully scoring four unanswered tries to put the Red V to the sword.

Watch the match highlights here.

Next Sunday 19th June 3pm at HE Laybutt Field, Blacktown our 6th placed NSW Cup team take on the last placed Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles .

HARVEY NORMAN WOMENS PREMIERSHIP

Harvey Norman Womens Premiership: Rabbitohs 18 – WV Magpies 12

On the Monday public holiday our womens team recorded their first win of the year against the Wenty Magpies at the NSW Centre of Excellence.

There was no holding back in this clash with a biting allegation, sin binning and Gordon Tallis style rag dolling all occurring before the Souths girls held on for victory.

The game was live streamed on the NSWRL Facebook page, Rabbitohs star forward Ellis Johnston was the player of the match and she was interviewed by the legendary Tarsha Gale after full time.

Next Sunday 19th June 11am at Aubrey Keech Reserve, Hinchinbrook our 7th placed ladies face a tough test against the 2nd placed Mounties.

Victory for the Rabbitohs Womens team.
Watch our Tarsha Gale interview on Rabbitohs TV.

By Steve Mavin

Captains Run – Rabbitohs v Titans – Interviews, Footage & Images

The big story at Rabbitohs training this morning was the news that both Cameron Murray and Damien Cook will back up against the Titans tomorrow.

Watch Mavos chat with JD.👆🏻
Zane Bijorac was first on the field today.
Watch our captains run footage.👆🏻
Ben Lovett
Lachy, Stretch, Deano & Cookie
Peter Mamouzelos
@rabbitohstv

Hame & Fridge Liva on #rabbitohstv this morning at the captains run.

♬ original sound – Rabbitohs TV
Hame & ‘Fridge Liva’
Corey Murray and Izzy Koloamatangi
Tom 200
Matthew Hutch from the Rabbitohs
Rabbitohs staff and media before todays press conference.
Cam & Cookie
Captain Cameron Murray and Liam Knight
Shaquai Mitchell
Jez, Kodi & JD
Junior Tatola & Hame Sele
Lachlan Ilias
Rabbitohs coach Jason Demetriou was all smiles at Redfern today.

By Steve Mavin

Team List Tuesday – Rabbitohs v Titans

The 8th placed South Sydney Rabbitohs take on the 15th placed Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Super Stadium, Queensland on Saturday the 11th of June at 3pm.

Team List Tuesday – Rabbitohs v Titans

The Bunnies had the bye last week while the Titans were defeated at home 32-6 by the Cowboys. In that game the Titans scored the opening try of the game only to allow 6 unanswered tries to the resurgent North Queenslanders who now sit 3rd on the ladder.

Watch on Rabbitohs TV.

Latrell Mitchell is unavailable for selection due to having contracted Covid-19.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their NRL squad for round 14 against the Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Super Stadium to be played this Saturday 11 June at 3pm.

Rabbitohs Head Coach Jason Demetriou has named State of Origin representatives Cameron Murray, Damien Cook and Jai Arrow in his starting line-up for this match.

Rabbitohs front rower Thomas Burgess will play his 200th NRL game this Saturday night, all of which have been in the red and green of South Sydney, since making his debut against the Parramatta Eels in round 15, 2013.

Burgess will become just the seventh player in South Sydney’s 114-year history to have played 200 or more first grade games for the Club, with only John Sutton (336), Adam Reynolds (231), Nathan Merritt (218), Bob McCarthy (211), Craig Coleman (208) and Eric Simms (206) having achieved this feat before him.

Second rower Keaon Koloamatangi will also play his 50th NRL game against the Titans, all of which have been for the Rabbitohs, since making his NRL debut against the Melbourne Storm in round four, 2020.

Peter Mamouzelos has been promoted to the bench at the expense of Blake Taaffe.

The Rabbitohs will wear black arm bands on Saturday in memory of Robert ‘Rocky’ Laurie who passed away recently. Mr Laurie is the only Rabbitohs player to have won the Dally M award as the season’s best and fairest player and was the first player to win the award when it was presented back in 1980.

The Rabbitohs NSW Cup and Jersey Flegg Cup teams will both play round 14 games against the St George Illawarra Dragons at Collegians Sporting Complex in Wollongong on Saturday 11 June with the NSW Cup team playing at 1pm and Jersey Flegg Cup team at 11:15am.

The NSW Women’s Premiership team will play the Wentworthville Magpies on Monday 13 June at 7pm at the NSWRL Centre of Excellence in round seven.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NRL squad for Saturday’s round 14 clash with the Titans is:
1) Kodi Nikorima
2) Alex Johnston
3) Taane Milne
4) Campbell Graham
5) Jaxson Paulo
6) Cody Walker
7) Lachlan Ilias
8) Junior Tatola
9) Damien Cook
10) Thomas Burgess
11) Keaon Koloamatangi
12) Jai Arrow
13) Cameron Murray (c)
Interchange:
14) Peter Mamouzelos 15) Mark Nicholls
16) Siliva Havili
17) Hame Sele
18) Blake Taaffe 19) Isaiah Tass 20) Liam Knight 21) Ben Lovett 22) Dean Hawkins
Head Coach – Jason Demetriou

The Rabbitohs NSW Cup squad for Saturday’s match up with the Dragons is:
1) Jacob Gagai
2) Josh Mansour
3) Izaac Thompson
4) Richie Kennar
5) Nic Mougios
6) Jack Campagnolo
7) Shannon Gardiner
8) Davvy Moale
9) Romano Cook
10) Shaquai Mitchell
11) Jed Cartwright
12) Trent Peoples
13) James Hasson (c)
Interchange:
14) Cody Hodge 15) Yileen Gordon 16) Hugo Patterson 17) Tyson Hodge 18) Tallis Angianga
Coach – Dane Dorahy

The Rabbitohs Jersey Flegg Cup squad for Saturday’s game against the Dragons is:
1) Terrell Kalo Kalo
2) Carson Kaho
3) Leon Te Hau
4) Wesley Bruines
5) Tyrone Munro
6) Dion Teaupa
7) Mitchell Chester
8) Thomas Giles (c)
9) Keahlan Bray
10) Lachlan Gale
11) Benn Campagnolo
12) Louis Grossemy
13) Tallis Duncan
Interchange:
14) Penioni Tohi
15) Isaiah Vailalo
16) Trent Griffiths
17) Dranza Hawe-De-Thierry 18) Joshua Rizk
19) Ryan Garner

Coach – Leon Latulipe

The Rabbitohs Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership side to play Wentworthville on Monday is:
1) Patricia Raikadroka
2) Rikka Lamb
3) Monique Donovan
4) Brittany Constable
5) Terri Anne Kelly
6) Akira Kelly
7) Te Aroha Hauku
8) Christine Pauli
9) Therese Aiton
10) Sharna Piccinelli (c)
11) Ellie Johnston
12) Shannon Muru
13) Seli Mailangi
Interchange:
14) Nikki Perugini 15) Seneti Kilisimasi 16) Loretta Mailangi 17) Tayla Kafoa
18) Cindy Whiteley 19) Crystal Overton 20) Kyla Gordon
Coach – Shane Sultana

Flegg Finds Form – Cup Conquer Magpies – Pathways Wrap

The Rabbitohs Jersey Flegg team bounced back in style yesterday at Ironmark High Performance Centre, Redfern beating the Wests Tigers 24-20.

In my preview of Saturdays pathways triple header I called the Flegg teams season ‘dismal’ but I am now rethinking that description after our boys came out firing and got a much needed win against a team well above them on the ladder.

Team captain Thomas Giles opened the scoring in the first minute of the game then a double to super talented lock Tallis Duncan and another try to skilful back rower Louis Grossemy made it 4 tries for the home team.

Tyrone Munro © Rabbitohs TV

The visitors answered with 4 tries of their own but 4 goals from 4 attempts by star winger Tyrone Munro was the winning difference in the score line.

This Jersey Flegg victory was the first time that close mates Thomas Giles and Lachlan ‘Choc’ Gale have started at front row together this season. The former Australian Schoolboys representatives and Marcellin College students took on a Dragons pack rated the best in the competition and dominated them in the middle. Love your work Tommy & Choc.

Lachlan Gale and Thomas Giles.

Next Saturday 11th June at 11.15am our Flegg team face a tough test when they travel down to Collegians Sporting Complex, Wollongong to take on a top 4 Dragons team.

Josh Mansour aka ‘The Sauce’. © Rabbitohs TV

Our Knock On Effect NSW Cup team were too good for the Magpies, winning a high scoring game 36-32.

Powerhouse Souths winger Izaac Thompson crossed for 2 tries in the first 10 minutes to get his team away to a flying start. The tide then turned with the Magpies scoring 3 tries of their own before a Josh Mansour try made it 3 tries a piece at the half time break.

In the 2nd half another try to Mansour aka ‘The Sauce’ and four pointers to Ben Lovett and Shaquai Mitchell combined with some superb goal kicking by Isaiah Tass was enough to get the chocolates (Darrell Lea of course!).

My co-hosts Darren Brown and Grant Chappell watched most of the action online via the NSWRL live stream on Facebook and they reported that Shaquai Mitchell and Davvy Moale led from up front, Ben Lovett ran some good lines in attack, Isaiah Tass took plenty of strong carries. Pete Mamouzelos and Dean Hawkins had some classy touches too.

Buddy Gordon in 2006. Digital Image by Jonathan Ng © Rabbitohs TV

Chaps also told me “I’m up at Coffs Harbour watching my daughter play in the Oztag State Cup for the Rabbitohs u9s. Buddy Gordons daughter plays in the same team and he told me that he drove up here to Coffs on Friday to watch his girls first game then flew back on Saturday morning to play at Redfern for the NSW Cup team off the bench then caught the bus back up to Coffs to see his daughter play on Sunday morning.

That’s a 1086km round trip, well done Buddy you’re a great dad.

Next Saturday at 1pm our NSW Cup team will follow the Flegg game in Wollongong and take on a Dragons team that sit below them on the ladder.

Our Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership team went down 16-8 to the Central Coast Roosters and are still seeking that elusive first win of the season.

The Rabbitohs 2022 Womens team.

WNRL prop Ellie Johnston and Therese Aiton off the bench both scored for the Bunnies but 3 tries and 2 goals from the visitors was enough to sink our hopes of securing the 2pts.

Next weeks game gives our womens team a 9 day turn around and hopes of victory will be high when they take on the winless Wenty Magpies at the NSWRL Centre of Excellence at 7pm on Monday 13th June.

Saturday was the last home game at Redfern for any of our pathways teams in 2022.

Watch on Rabbitohs TV.
Souths fan 2006. © Rabbitohs TV

By Steve Mavin

Rest In Peace Robert ‘Rocky’ Laurie – A Great Souths Man

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 – Image SSR Almanac

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.

Rocky Laurie highlights.

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.

More Rocky Laurie highlights.

Rocky returned to the Roosters for the 1981-82 season finishing his career with a total of 122 NRL games and 28 tries.

1980 Dally M winner Robert Laurie.

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.

Rocky Laurie attended the Rabbitohs v Dragons game in April with his SPA mates.

By Steve Mavin