Vale: Dick Thornett

Wednesday 12 October, 2011


The Pirtek Parramatta Eels Eels today paid tribute to Hall of Fame second-rower Dick Thornett, who passed away this morning aged 71.

Part of one of Australia's most extraordinary sporting families, Dick, along with his brother and fellow Eels Hall of Fame member Ken, thrilled rugby league crowds through the 1960s like few others could.

A dual international in rugby league and union, Dick also represented Australia in water polo at the 1960 Rome Olympics.

Pirtek Parramatta Eels chief executive officer Paul Osborne paid tribute to Thornett's magnificent career.

"Dick Thornett left an indelible mark on the Parramatta Eels and his legacy will live on for all those associated with the Blue and Gold," Osborne said.

"Many will remember his powerful defense and his skill and mobility, particularly for a man of his size.

"It wasn't uncommon for Dick to level an opponent in a tackle before slotting a field goal or sideline conversion - he could do it all."

"On behalf of the Eels, our thoughts are with the Thornett family as they go through this difficult time."

An extended tribute to Dick Thornett can be found on the Parramatta Eels' website,