KZN club rugby legend dies

2009-06-02 00:00

IT was with great sadness that the KZN club rugby community learnt of the death this week of Barry Desmond “Cocky” Crossley after a long fight with cancer.

Crossley was the doyen of Durban Varsity rugby and latterly played an integral role on the academic side of the Midlands Rugby Academy.

“Cocky was unquestionably one off the great characters of the game and a more passionate rugby man you couldn’t find,” said the doyen of KZN club rugby writers, Jos Robson.

“He became an icon of student rugby.”

The Sharks and the KZN Rugby Union extend their deepest sympathies to his family, Colleen, Sef and Gordon, as they bid farewell to one of their favourite sons.

“Cocky Crossley was a rugby man through and through,” said Steve Botha, manager of the Midlands Rugby Academy. “He was extremely thorough and precise in everything he did both on the rugby front and in academic circles.

“Cocky did major groundwork in helping to get the Midlands Rugby Academy off the ground. He was the academic manager for two years at the academy and did an extremely good job.”

Also expressing his condolences to the family was former player Ronnie Pitcher, who said from his home in Canada: “Cocky had a special place in my heart as it was he who convinced me to play rugby at varsity.”

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