On 19th March 1987 the sudden death occurred of George Tane, 51. George had for a number of years a close association with the Sixty-Niners – firstly through the provision of sons Marty, Michael, Anthony and Jason to the team and secondly, as an avid supporter of playing and social events. Even after Marty and Jason moved up to higher honours in the Club, George and his wife Moira were frequent spectators in all weather at Sixty-Niners’ matches.

Few team members will be aware of George and Moira’s roles as father and mother to numerous children from broken homes. George devoted much of his life to the service of others and the Sixty-Niners are indeed fortunate to have been among the many with whom he shared his life.


Paul Russell was one of the Sixty-Niner “originals”. A well performing lock, Paul died in New York in the late 1980’s.