Wallabies pay tribute to club rugby legend Norm ‘Nobby’ Osborne

By Jon Geddes

NORM Osborne never played for the Wallabies, nor was he a member of Australian rugby’s blazer brigade.

But “Nobby”, who passed away last Saturday after a battle with cancer aged 78, epitomised all the characteristics that make the Shute Shield such a special and unique part of the sporting landscape.

A rugby man down to his bootlaces, his contribution to the game through his beloved Northern Suburbs was immense.

During his association with the club, which stretches back 56 years, “Nobby” was a player, coach, manager and supporter.


IN a sign of the high regard in which Osborne was held, ex-Wallabies have spoken from the heart about his dedication and contribution to the game and the club he was so passionate about.

“His legacy is the impact he had on so many Norths players in their development from young men into experienced footballers and people,” said former Norths, Waratahs and Wallaby centre Richard Tombs.

“He always had an opinion, he didn’t sit on the fence, which always created discussion and debate.

“It was always good to have him around with his lively discussions. He will be missed – especially at Percys (the pub across the road from North Sydney Oval).”  

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