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Vale Barry Reilly

The Sydney Roosters are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Club Legend Barry Reilly.

Rising through the grades with the Paddington Colts as an Eastern Suburbs junior, Reilly played 195 first-grade games for the Club between 1966-1979, at the time retiring as the most-capped player alongside Mark Harris.

Reilly played an integral role in the back-to-back Premierships of 1974 and 1975, and also took over a caretaker position for the Club as Head Coach in 1990.

A tough lock or second rower, Reilly was known for his devastating tackling abilities - appropriately nicknamed ‘The Axe’ - and was known to friends and family as ‘Bunny’.

A loyal Clubman, Reilly was inducted into the Club's Team of the Century in 2000 and was later named in 'The Centurions', a team of the greatest players to have played over 100 games for the Roosters in celebration of the Centenary Season in 2007.

The Sydney Roosters extend their heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of Barry Reilly at this sad time.