Royals say farewell to former player

It is with great sadness to inform you that Royals old boy Nick Webster passed away in Coolangatta last week.

Nick’s family moved to Canberra in the mid-1970s, where the family set up in Yarralumla. He attended Deakin High school (ACT year 10 premiers) and Phillip college where he represented both schools in rugby.

After college he did his time as a green keeper at Manuka Oval, before moving to the AIS as a groundsman. He also helped build the beautiful golf course on Hamilton Island in his later years.

Webby Joined Royals junior club ‘Hawks’ as a 10 year old and went on to represent ACT at all junior age levels. He also represented NSW under 18s who toured Fiji in 1985, before going on to represent Royals at senior level, where he played from 1986 to 1993 playing 123 Games including 37 1st Grade games.

Webby was a very talented centre and much loved team mate of those that played alongside him, he toured Argentina, the US and Canada during a period where Royals were very successful.

After finishing with Royals, he headed north to join a few Royals ‘old boys’ for and played several seasons with the Tweed River Barbarians.

Nick also joined the Coolangatta surf club, where you could find him doing patrols on most weekends when work allowed. He was a member of the senior’s boat crew (1997-2007), who went to the Australian titles were they were quite successful.

He made many friends at the club and is described as a beautiful person and great Mate by those close to him.

Nick is survived by his Mum Yvonne and brothers Andre, Tim and Bruce .  Nick’s father Bob, who sadly passed away earlier this year, was a proud supporter of Royals.

Nick will be greatly missed by all who knew him but particularly by the wider Royals community.

As a sign of respect and remembrance Royals will observe a minute of silence prior to their 1st grade game against Penrith at Phillip Oval this coming Saturday at 3:04pm

The clubhouse will be open from 4:30pm onwards for a drink or 2 in memory of Webby.  All welcome.

The Webster family and Nick’s close friends would like to make a plea to anyone struggling with mental health issues to please talk to your mates about it and seek further advice.

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