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Rugby League mourns Reg Parker

Former RFL Chairman and GB tour manager dies after long illness…

The RFL has sent its condolences to the family of the governing body’s former Chairman Reg Parker, who has died after a long illness. He was 87.

A former Barrow, Wakefield Trinity and Blackpool Borough player, Mr Parker was RFL Chairman in 1984-85.  As an administrator, he was Great Britain manager on the Lions tours to Australasia in 1974 and 1977.

Playing at second row, Mr Parker was famously a member of the Barrow team that defeated Workington Town 21-12 in the 1955 Challenge Cup final at Wembley.

RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer said: “It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Reg Parker.

“I had the privilege of knowing Reg for almost 40 years: not only was he a great servant to the game, he was a great personality who will be much missed.

“Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

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