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This afternoon all at the NSWRL were saddened to hear of the passing of CRL Chairman, Wayne ‘Jock’ Colley OAM.

The NSWRL wishes to extend its condolences to the Colley family, and at this difficult time offer its support to his wife Bev and children Craig, Tim, Dearne and Brent.

“The contribution that Jock has made to both the game of rugby league and community development in country NSW is not something that can be suitably conveyed in words. The role of sport in rural and regional areas is a cornerstone of what binds each respective community and allows for bridges to be built between surrounding communities both far and wide. In his 40 plus year involvement with the game, Jock Colley has left a footprint throughout NSW that very few can match. The legacy that he has created will be present for generations to come and is something that his family; during their grieving process, can reflect upon proudly,” said NSWRL Chief Executive Mr David Trodden.

NSWRL Chairman, Dr George Peponis OAM, said: “Very few people have the passion, courage, endurance and capability to forge a lasting impact within the communities they live. Jock has been able to do this not only throughout the state of NSW but also through the creation of relationships in other countries. I feel incredibly fortunate to have worked alongside Jock in recent times and I truly appreciate the indelible mark he has made on the game of rugby league. At this time I also wish to pass on my sympathies to Jock’s Board, his CEO Terry Quinn and the staff of the CRL.”