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The NSWRL joins in paying tribute to renowned environmental activist Jack Mundey who has passed away at the age of 90.

Not many will be aware of Mundey’s strong ties with the game, especially in his youth. Mundey had been a promising player in north Queensland and played representative football before he came to Sydney and joined the fledgling Parramatta club.

The Eels were then coached by the great Vic Hey but struggling to establish themselves in the early 1950s. Mundey spent three seasons as a utility back in their lower grades before he switched back to junior footy, and led both East Parramatta and Wentworthville to A Grade premierships in the district junior league.

Although his direct involvement with the game ended in the 1960s as his political activities grew, Mundey always remained closely associated with league people and for many who follow the game he became a hero in his own way.