The NSW Rugby League sends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of NSW True Blue and former Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs legend Steve Folkes, who sadly passed away today.
Folkes made 245 first-grade appearances for his beloved Bulldogs from 1978 to 1991, representing New South Wales in State of Origin on nine occasions and Australia five times.
The stalwart back-rower was pivotal in the Bulldogs’ four grand final victories during the 1980s.
NSWRL Chairman Dr George Peponis OAM said he was deeply saddened at the loss of a former teammate and Bulldogs great.
“Although he was a little younger than me, he came through the ranks at the Bulldogs and we played together in the 1980 Grand Final, which we won,” he said.
“He was also coach of the 2004 Grand Final premiership side for the Bulldogs. The whole Bulldogs family is saddened by his loss.
“He was one of the fittest guys I have ever known; and one of the hardest trainers. Per pound he was one of the toughest guys; he wasn’t one of the biggest but he had a massive heart."
Folkes was a member of the undefeated 1986 Kangaroo touring team. He coached the Bulldogs from 1988-2008 and steered the club to its last premiership title in 2004. He also coached the Australian Jillaroos in 2014.