Richard "Dick" Turner (19 August 1932 – 16 June 2008), a.k.a. "Tosser", [1 ] was a [2 ] rugby league manager.
Turner was born in 1932 and played in the
Brisbane Rugby League competition for Brisbane Norths and Redcliffe. He also coached Redcliffe in 1968 and 1969. [3 ]
Turner was the
Queensland state rugby league team's manager from 1982 until 1996, when he stepped down to take a role in the "Former Origin Greats" (FOGS) organisation. He was also the Australian team manager on the 1987 Kangaroo Tour of Great Britain. [3 ]
He was also chairman of the
South Queensland Crushers club during its entire existence from 1995 to 1998. [3 ]
In 2008, during his battle with illness he wrote a letter for the
Queensland rugby league team which has been read to them for inspiration in subsequent State of Origin series. [4 ]
He died as chairman of FOGS on 16 June 2008 because of long-term illness.
That year he won the "Service to Sport Award" at the Queensland Sport Awards. [3 ] [5 ]
Michael Caton inherited Turner's 'cultural ambassador role with the Queensland rugby league team.
2009 State of Origin series, he was honoured outside Lang Park with a plaque. [6 ]
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