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Manly Warringah Sea Eagles pass on their condolences to the families of the late Rupert Hudson (OAM) and Ritchie Burke.

The Sea Eagles will hold a moment's silence before the NRL kick-off against the Sydney Roosters at Lottoland tomorrow (Sunday) to honour the memories of both men.

Rupert Hudson (OAM)

Aged 88, Rupert had a lifelong commitment to Manly as a player, coach and administrator. His OAM acknowledged this and his charitable work for the underprivileged in our society through the Saint Vincent de Paul Society.

His involvement with Manly included:

-  President, Manly Warringah Rugby League Football Club, 1993-1998

-  Member, Football Club Board, 1959-1975 and 1988-2001

-  Patron, 1975-1980;

-  Juniors Coach, 1963-1970

-  Coach, 1958-1963

-  Player 1946-1958

-  Foundation Member 1946

-  Life Member, 1970.

-  Board Member, Manly Leagues Club, 1959-1998, Life Member, 1973.

Rupert passed away suddenly at home on July 18. He is survived by his wife Kathleen, seven children (Ron, Kevin, Elaine, Bernie, Keith, John and Chris ) and many grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Richard Burke

Richard was one of the original pioneer players of the Sea Eagles, who entered the NSWRL first grade competition in 1947. He was player number #20 in the club records.

A forward, Richard played 10 games for the Sea Eagles in 1947, 1948, and 1950, and scored five tries, four of which came in 1948.

Aged in his 90s, Richard passed away on August 3 in Collaroy following a short illness. He lived on the Northern Beaches since the 1940s and was a dedicated Sea Eagles supporter to the very end.

He is survived by his wife, sons & daughter in law, 3 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. 


Acknowledgement of Country

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles respect and honour 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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