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Vale Bobby Dimond

Wests Tigers would like to extend their condolences to the family of Bobby Dimond following his recent passing.

As the oldest living former Australian player and last of the 1948 Kangaroos, Dimond was a popular figure who enjoyed widespread respect.

The older brother of Peter Dimond, Bobby enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top — making his first-grade debut with Dapto at the tender age of 16 before being selected for Country and New South Wales shortly after.

At the end of that season he was selected as the youngest member of the Australian Kangaroos for the tour of Great Britain and France. Although he didn’t get to play a Test he appeared in 15 matches and returned home with an enhanced reputation — joining Western Suburbs in 1950 and representing NSW against England before unfortunately missing the Magpies’ appearance in the decider.

Dimond starred for the Magpies in 1951 but broke both legs the following year in a motorbike accident and spent two years recuperating.

In 1954 he attempted to make a comeback with St. George, but the injury had taken its toll and he retired at the age of 24.

The thoughts of all at Wests Tigers are with Bobby's family at this time.