Bob Fulton Statement

Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) Chairman Peter V’landys AM has paid tribute to Rugby League Immortal and former Kangaroos’ Captain and Coach Bob Fulton who has died.

Fulton was part of the first group of players to be granted Immortal status in 1981 after representing Australia in 35 Tests as a player and on 40 occasions as a coach.

He represented NSW on 17 occasions and played 213 Premiership games for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles and 50 Premiership games for Eastern Suburbs Roosters. He coached the Sea Eagles in 305 games and the Roosters 100 times.

“Today Rugby League has lost a true legend of our game,” Mr V’landys said.

“The word legend is used a lot in tributes, but Bob was a genuine legend of rugby league. He was an original Immortal, a Kangaroo, a Blue and a club legend of Manly, winning three premierships as a player, including Man of the Match in the 1973 Grand Final.

“As a coach he led the Kangaroos to two World Cup victories and Manly to two Premierships.

“He was also a great promoter of our game. His role on the Continuous Call Team over many years provided great humour and insight to fans every weekend.

“Bob will forever be part of rugby league’s DNA and our game is richer for having had Bob part of it.

“Today we’ve lost a giant of our game. On behalf of the Rugby League community I send our deepest condolences to Bob’s family.”

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