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The New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) has paid tribute to Dr William (Bill) Monaghan, a long-time servant of rugby league who died today aged 87.

Dr Monaghan held a variety of important roles within rugby league as well as in medicine. He was a Vice President of the NSWRL and a Life Member since 1997; a Life Member of Newtown Jets; Team Doctor to both the New South Wales and Australian sides; and Director of the NSW Leagues’ Club since 1998 and a Life Member since 2008. Dr Monaghan was also Chief Medical Officer at St George Hospital.

Dr George Peponis OAM, Chairman of NSWRL, said Dr Monaghan had left a significant legacy.

“Bill Monaghan was one of my tutors when I was a student at St George Hospital,” Dr Peponis said.

“He was also the ARL doctor throughout my career. I had a lot of respect for Bill both in terms of his medical knowledge and his ability as a mentor. He’ll be sorely missed.”

Acknowledgement of Country

New South Wales Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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