ARU pay tribute to Wallaby great Allan
January 29, 2007
Australian rugby has lost one of its truly great players, former captain Trevor "Tubby" Allan OAM, aged 80.
Trevor Allan passed peacefully at his Turramurra (Sydney) home at the weekend.
At age 21, the explosive centre became the second youngest ever Wallaby skipper when he stepped up to lead the side in the sixth match of the highly successful 1947-8 tour of Great Britain. In 1949 he established a record of captaining Australia in 10 consecutive internationals.
Famous for his ferocious defence, the Gordon Highlander "Tubby" Allan played 14 Tests for Australia before being wooed to England and Rugby League side Leigh for a phenomenal sum.
Despite public scrutiny for his switch to the professional side of rugby, Allan maintained his sense of humour and calm demeanor.
A knee injury prematurely ended the career of the man regarded as the most famous player of his day.
Trevor Allan would later continue his contribution to the rugby by accepting a position at the ABC as a commentator which he held for more than 25 years.
Australian Rugby Union CEO Gary Flowers paid tribute to Mr Allan's contribution to the game.
"There are certain characters who will always hold a special place in the game's history, and Trevor Allan was one of them," Mr Flowers said.
'He will not only be remembered for his pure talent in Rugby Union but also for his genuine nature and likeable persona. Allan exuded a positive attitude throughout his career that was infectious to the entire Rugby community. "
Trevor Allan's passing ended a sad week for the Rugby family, with Wallaby teammate of the 1940's Clem Windsor passing in Brisbane just days earlier.
A funeral service for Mr Allan OAM will be held at Northern Suburbs Crematorium on Thursday, 1 February at 11.15am.
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