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Former Australia scrum-half and captain Ken Catchpole passed away on Thursday night, at the age of 78, after a long battle with illness.

Catchpole made his debut for New South Wales (NSW) at just 19, captaining Australia at 21 in his international debut in 1961, going on to play 27 Test matches for the Wallabies, 13 as skipper.

Catchpole passed away aged 78/Photo/Courtesy

He is immortalised with a statue outside Allianz Stadium in Sydney, while the Shute Shield’s most valuable player award honours his name in the Sydney club competition.

The statue will be relocated to the entrance of the new Rugby Australia building in the Moore Park sporting precinct on Boxing Day.

Catchpole was an inaugural inductee to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1988.
In retirement, Catchpole became a respected voice on the national broadcaster ABC’s rugby coverage and he served as a president of NSW Rugby Union.

He was also a trustee of the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust for more than two decades.
He is the second former Wallaby being mourned this week after 18-Test prop and Queensland great Stan Pilecki died aged 70

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