Tributes paid to Hull KR, Manly and Great Britain legend Phil Lowe after death aged 74

webnexttech | Tributes paid to Hull KR, Manly and Great Britain legend Phil Lowe after death aged 74

Tributes have been made to the “extraordinary” Hull KR and Great Britain legend Phil Lowe who has died aged 74. A member of the last Lions side to win the World Cup in 1972, the hard-running second-row was one of the sport’s great forwards. Hull-born Lowe played more than 400 games for Rovers, scoring 179 tries. He was part of the famous Robins side that defeated Hull in the iconic 1980 Challenge Cup final at Wembley – ten years after being the youngest member of the victorious Great Britain Ashes tour. But Lowe was also revered in Australia where he became a huge favourite at Manly. He featured alongside Lions team-mate Mal Reilly for the Sydney club, playing 72 games between 1974 and 1976. Lowe scored the only try of the game when Manly won the 1976 Grand Final against Parramatta. But it’s in East Hull where he’s most fondly remembered. KR owner Neil Hudgell said: “Phil was an extraordinary man. A one-off. He achieved everything in the sport, being a Grand Final winner on both sides of the world. He was decorated for his country many times over. “Phil did it with modesty and humility. He was my hero when growing up around the sport in the 1970s. The sight of Phil Lowe in full flight was something no one who witnessed it will ever forget. He became a very good friend of mine over the last 20 years, we made many great memories together. “He was always direct and to the point, but had a very kind heart. He was respected everywhere. I won’t forget our last trip down under. He met Rob Crossland and I off the quay at Manly and took us in the Steyne Hotel, his local. He was still revered there some 40 years after hanging up his boots. Phil will be greatly missed by his very many friends. A true red and white, Hull KR has lost a legend, and part of its fabric.” After his retirement, Lowe briefly coached York before returning to his beloved Robins as club chairman between 1992 and 1994 and later as football director. Rovers will pay their respects at Friday’s Challenge Cup tie against Salford at Craven Park. Lowe also worked as Great Britain team manager on the tour of Papua New Guinea, Fiji and New Zealand in 1996, working closely with coach Phil Larder and young captain Andy Farrell. Tony Sutton, the RFL Chief Executive, said: “Phil Lowe had a remarkable playing career, mostly for Hull KR and also for Manly and Great Britain. “He will rightly be remembered as an all-time great of the Hull KR club, and more widely as one of the city’s finest sporting ambassadors – and I’m sure that will be celebrated on Good Friday when Hull KR host Hull FC at Sewell Group Craven Park. On behalf of the RFL, and the sport more widely, we pay tribute to his immense contribution to the sport of Rugby League, for club and country, from Hull KR to Manly – and send condolences to his family, friends, and to the Hull KR club.”

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