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Vale Frank Curry

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are mourning the passing of former first grade player and first grade coach, Frank Curry, who passed away peacefully on Sunday morning at the age of 72. He was a Rabbitohs former player, a former coach, mentor and a friend to so many, and fought so bravely right to the end.

Francis Michael Curry was born in 1950 in Sydney. His father, also named Frank (born Francis Harold Curry) played 17 first grade games for the Rabbitohs between 1942 and 1945, also serving in the Australian Army during WWII as a Gunner, his name appearing on our 2018 ANZAC jersey.

Mr Curry Jnr played his junior football with Zetland United, Moore Park and Mascot Jets. He was signed by Souths in 1970-71, the following season playing for Collegians in the Illawarra premiership, and then came back to the Rabbitohs in 1973 for one more season. In those three seasons with the Club he played in 31 grade games, which also included four first grade games. He made his first grade debut for the Rabbitohs when he played on the wing against Canterbury in round four, 1974 at Belmore Sports Ground. His first grade player number at the Rabbitohs is No. 580.

He came out of retirement to coach several clubs in Souths' junior league, including Waterloo Waratahs from 1983 to 1985, Souths' Presidents  jointly with Rod Gorman from 1981 to 1985, Souths' Under-23s from 1986 to 1987, winning the premiership in 1986, and Souths' reserve grade from 1988 to 1990, jointly with Rod Gorman in 1988.

Mr Curry then took over as coach of South Sydney’s first grade team from long-serving George Piggins from 1991 to 1993 during a difficult transitional period for the Club.

His son, Luke Curry, also played with Souths between 1992 and 1993 in 15 grade games, as well coaching several Souths' junior rep sides. He is currently Souths' Junior League CEO and is on the Football Club Board of Directors at the Rabbitohs.

Rabbitohs Chairman, Nicholas Pappas, said: “Frank Curry was, and will remain, a Rabbitoh of the highest standing.

“His legacy at our Club will long be remembered, particularly given the continuing contribution to the Rabbitohs of his son Luke who runs our Junior League and serves with distinction on the Football Club’s board. On behalf of everyone connected with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, we offer our deepest and most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Frank Curry."

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South Sydney Rabbitohs respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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