The St George District Rugby League Football Club are deeply saddened by the passing of former front-rower Robin Gourley. He was 85.

Robin played for Country Firsts and New South Wales in 1962 as a representative of the Wagga Wagga Kangaroos.

Originally from Strabane in Northern Ireland, Gourley was a 21-year-old rugby union forward when he came to Australia on a working holiday and found himself in Toowoomba in Queensland when he first played rugby league.

Gourley signed for St George in 1963 and played four seasons with the club, being a member of the reserve grade side that won the grand final that year as well as the first grade team that won their 10th and 11th-straight premiership.

In all, Gourley played 37 games for the Dragons at first grade level, scoring seven tries.

In 1967, Gourley moved to the Narrabri district in north-west NSW, where he and his brother had taken over a farm. He again played for Country Firsts that year.

Everyone at St George District sends their sincere condolences to Robin’s friends and family, including his son Scott, who played for the club in the 1990s.