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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.”