Australian Rugby mourns the passing of Ian Moutray

Fri, 25/07/2014, 02:00 am staff
by staff

Australian Rugby was saddened to learn of the passing of Wallaby number 491, Ian Moutray, who was laid to rest on Thursday 24 July 2014 in Sydney.

On behalf of Australian Rugby, Australian Rugby Union President David Crombie passed on his condolences to the family and friends.

“Ian Moutray had a short Wallaby career being a part of the very successful Australian side which toured South Africa in 1963 winning eight of the tour games and squaring the Test series with two Test wins.

“Ian received ten non Test caps for the Wallabies and one Test Cap against the Springboks in Cape Town where the Wallabies won 9-5.

Although a very gifted player, injuries prevented him from having a longer playing career with the Wallabies.

Outside of his National career Ian played for Drummoyne in the 1950s and 1960s before joining the University of New South Wales Rugby club.

A teacher by profession Moutray completed a Diploma of Education and a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney and taught at several schools throughout Sydney during his career.

Eventually his move to UNSW saw him develop a love for the University where he remained in a professional capacity for many years.

Moutray was CEO of UNSW’s Sports Association from 1964-1988 and throughout that period looked after all sports at the University.

He always remained a true friend to Rugby and will be greatly missed by the UNSW Rugby Club and Drummoyne Rugby Club.

Ian Moutray is survived by his wife Rosalind, daughters Catherine Merran and grandchildren Alex, Lucy, Oliver, Paris, Hamish and Freya.

“The thoughts of Australian Rugby are with his family at this very difficult time.”Mr Crombie said.

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