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Four long-serving administrators of Rugby League in NSW - Arthur Coorey, Peter Corcoran, Jack King and Warren Lockwood - have today been recognised in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for their service to the game.

Coorey and King have been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) and Corcoran and Lockwood have been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

NSWRL Chairman Dr George Peponis OAM congratulated all four who have made a significant contribution to Rugby League over a number of decades.

“It is very fitting that they have been acknowledged with Queen’s Birthday Honours,” Dr Peponis said.

“It is thoroughly deserved. They have been committed to the game for a long time and made a great contribution.”

Coorey has been involved with Rugby League in the Canterbury-Bankstown District for more than 30 years at all levels, including Board member of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and Canterbury League Club.

Corcoran has been instrumental in the NSWRL’s coaching and development work over the past few years and was the primary mover in the creation of all of the modified formats of the game that are now used universally at Junior League level.

King, of Ryde Eastwood, has had a distinguished career at many levels of the game and received Life Membership of Balmain Tigers RLFC last year.


Lockwood is a former NSWRL Chairman, the first-ever Chairman of the NRL and a long-serving former Chairman of the St George Illawarra Dragons and St George Rugby League Football Club.

More than 1000 Australians have been recognised as part of the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, with the oldest recipient 99 years of age, and the youngest just 18.

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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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