Tributes flow following the passing of rugby league cult hero Terry Hill

Apr 25, 2024
Hill's untimely demise sent shockwaves through the rugby league community, with fans and fellow players mourning the loss of a legend. Source: Getty Images.

The rugby league community is in mourning following the passing of one of its most iconic figures, Terry Hill.

The former NSW State of Origin and Kangaroos Test centre reportedly suffered a heart attack and tragically passed away at the age of 52 while in the Philippines.

His untimely demise sent shockwaves through the rugby league community, with fans and fellow players mourning the loss of a legend.

Hill’s legacy in the sport is profound. A dynamic presence on the field, he won a premiership with Manly in 1996 and played an impressive 246 first-grade games across five clubs.

His attacking prowess was evident, having scored a remarkable 89 tries in first grade, alongside his seven tries in eight appearances for the Australian national team.

A standout performer during Manly’s dominant period in the mid-1990s, Hill’s impact extended beyond his playing abilities. His on-field confrontations, including the legendary showdown with Gorden Tallis during the 1999 State of Origin series, are etched into rugby league folklore.

Off the field, Hill was equally influential. His larger-than-life personality made him a favourite among fans and players alike. His regular appearances on Nine’s Footy Show during its peak era further solidified his status as one of the game’s true characters.

Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) Chairman Peter V’landys AM was among the first to pay tribute to Hill, highlighting his exceptional talent and popularity both on and off the field.

“Terry was a prodigiously talented footballer who burst onto the scene in first grade as a teenager and went on to represent Australia in nine Test matches as well as playing 14 State of Origin matches for New South Wales,” V’landys said.

“As well as being one of the game’s great centres he was also one of its most popular characters, a giant personality who was universally loved by the players he played alongside over his long career in the top grade. Who can forget the hilarious skits on the Channel 9 Footy Show?

“On behalf of the Commission, I extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Terry’s family, and all those who knew him.”

It wasn’t long before an outpouring of tributes flooded in from fans and members of the rugby league community.

As the rugby league community mourns the loss of one of its brightest stars, Hill’s memory will continue to live on through the countless moments of joy and inspiration he brought to the sport and its fans.

-with AAP.

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