Former Wallabies captain Nicholas Shehadie useless at 92

Former Wallabies captain Nicholas Shehadie useless at 92

Former Sydney lord mayor and ex-Wallaby captain Sir Nicholas Shehadie has been remembered as a truly great Australian following his death at the age of 92.

"Deeply saddened to hear the news of Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE, passing away", SBS chief executive Michael Ebeid tweeted.

Sir Nicholas Shehadie with his wife Dame Marie Bashir, on her official farewell as governor of New South Wales. Thankyou for all the advice and kind words over the years I will miss you. All our thoughts go to Marie and the family.

"Broadcaster Alan Jones, who was Wallabies coach under Shehadie's administration, said on his 2GB radio show: "(He was) a wonderful, wonderful Australian. a lovely man.

Starting his career as a lock with Randwick and then NSW, Shehadie shifted to the front row where he was lauded as one of the world's best, AAP reported. "He was a born leader, a gifted athlete, and an outstanding administrator who was instrumental in shaping the game both nationally and internationally through his various roles in rugby", Clyne said.

"He was in the first Wallaby team to claim the Bledisloe Cup in New Zealand and a pivotal force in bringing the Rugby World Cup to life in 1987", said Tew.


The Australian Olympic Committee on Monday paid tribute to Shehadie's wide-ranging contribution to Australian and world sport.

Shehadie, a former Lord Mayor of Sydney, used his diplomatic and lobbying skills at the International Rugby Board to overcome opposition to the World Cup concept from some northern hemisphere nations.

He served as Sydney's lord mayor between 1973 and 1975, and was the chairman of SBS for two decades between 1981 and 1999.

Shehadie also had a distinguished public life.

Sir Nicholas Shehadie was a truly great Australian.

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