Brian Cox

Manly Rugby Club are saddened to report the passing of life member Brian Cox.

Brian came to the Manly club from the SHORE First XV at 18 years of age and went
straight into first grade. He ended up playing 142 first grade games from 1947
to 1958. He also represented NSW on 14 occasions and played nine Tests for
Australia from 1952 to 1957.

In 1950, Brian travelled to England and played rugby for Rosslyn Park, where he
was part of the Middlesex Sevens winning side. Brian returned to Manly in 1951,
when he played his first match for NSW.

Brian’s international career began in 1952 against the touring Fijian side. He also
played against New Zealand in the same year, playing in the Tests at
Christchurch and Wellington. He went on to represent his country nine times in

In the mid-1950’s he was judged to be the best defensive player in the Manly Club
and its best and fairest player in 1956. He retired in 1958, but continued to
support Manly Rugby Club in many ways - his love of the game led him to serve
his Club in senior administrative positions leading to a Life Membership. He also became a referee, a touch judge and a
selector for Manly and New South Wales.

Perhaps Brian’s major contribution to rugby in his post-playing years has been as the
voluntary time-keeper for the Marlins, NSW Waratahs home matches in the “Super”
series, and Sydney –based Test matches, dating from 1989 to 2006.

Brian’s legacy to rugby and the Manly Marlins continued in the form of his sons Philip
& Mitchell who both represented their country. Phillip played over 200
first grade games for Manly and represented Australia in 16 tests. Mitchell
played for four seasons at Manly and played two tests for Australia on the
British Isles tour in 1981-82.

Brian leaves his dedicated wife Judy, who also sadly lost her twin sister two weeks
ago, and our thoughts are with Judy and her family at this very sad time.

Funeral details

St Matthews Church

1 Darley Road,


Wednesday June 17th