Friday, 4 January 2019

John Thornett, Australian rugby union player, Died at 83

John Edward Thornett was born on March 30, 1935 and died on January 4, 2019.

He was an Australian rugby union player.

He played 37 Tests for Australia somewhere in the range of 1955 and 1967 and made an extra 77 delegate coordinate appearances.

Thornett captained Australia in 16 Test matches and on an extra 47 visit coordinates on the eight worldwide rugby visits he made with Wallaby squads.

He was the second Australian player, after Nicholas Shehadie, to play 100 recreations for his nation.

Thornett was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1966 and drafted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985.

Thornett earned the Australian Sports Medal during 2000.

Thornett was regarded as one of the debut five inductees into the Australian Rugby Union Hall of Fame, in 2005.

Upon his enlistment Australian Rugby Union President Paul McLean alluded to Thornett's name as: "synonymous with Australian pride and incredible administration".

Thornett was also respected by the International Rugby Board in 2013 with enlistment into the IRB Hall of Fame.

Thornett's picture hangs in the workplaces of the Australian Rugby Union.

John Thornett passed away at 83 years of age at a nursing home in Batemans Bay with his better half Vivienne close by.

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