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Jeff Sayle: Remembered and Loved in Randwick City

Published Date
08/10/2019
News Topic
Council

It’s not an exaggeration to say that rugby lost one of its greats last week. Nationally and internationally, Jeffrey Sayle OAM, was a well-known rugby legend. Here in Randwick, Jeff (often called Sayley), was a local champion and hero.

Everyone who has had anything to do with Randwick Rugby, will have their own Sayley story. And they’ll tell it with a smile as they remember the great passion and enthusiasm this man had for the game.

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Jeff played rugby for the Wallabies, debuting in 1967, before going onto play 379 matches for Randwick in a career that spanned nearly 20 years. He then went onto coach the Galloping Greens taking six first-grade teams to the grand final and many lower grade teams as well.

Secretary, manager, treasurer and president, Jeff Sayle held every position for the club at one time. He dedicated his life to Randwick Rugby and the club will forever be grateful for his hard work and passion.

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Jeff Sayle passed away on September 30, aged 77 years old. He will be remembered for his beaming smile, undying loyalty, fierce mateship and his dedication to the game. Sayley loved the togetherness and pride that came with being a member of Randwick Rugby Club – and he loved the game.

As someone who put more into rugby than he took, Jeff Sayle will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.

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A mass will be celebrated for Jeff at St Brigid’s Catholic Church, 137 Brook St, Coogee on Friday October 11 2019 at 10.30am. A private cremation will follow.

By Jeff’s request, please wear a touch of Myrtle Green and in lieu of flowers, donations to support Jeff's beloved Randwick Rugby Junior Academy are welcomed.

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