'A man who defined Australian rugby': Rugby world mourns Catchpole

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by Beth Newman

Australia's rugby community is mourning a second big loss this week, after news legendary halfback Ken Catchpole died.

Catchpole fought a long battle with illness, before passing away on Thursday night.

Former Wallabies and Waratahs lock Dean Mumm was among those to praise Catchpole's legacy on social media, the scrumhalf considered one of Australia's greatest rugby players in history.

World Rugby CEO and Australian Brett Gosper tweeted his condolences after news of the Hall of Famer's death on Friday morning.

Many on social media lamented the void left by two of the game's greats in Catchpole and Queensland legend Stan Pilecki.


The Shute Shield, whose most valuable player award bears Catchpole's name,  posted a tweet describing him as a man who 'defined Australian Rugby'.