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Australian Rugby Champion Terry Hill Dies Aged 52

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Terry Hill, a cult hero in Australia for his stunning abilities showcased during his rugby career in the 1990s and early 2000s, has reportedly died at the age of 52. Hill reportedly died while visiting the Philippines.

His cause of death is officially being reported as a heart attack.

Hill, a hole-running centre, won a premiership at Manly in 1996. He played in 246 first-grade games in his career.

He debuted playing for South Sydney in 1990, and arrived at Manly from Western Suburbs in 1994. Hill also played with NSW State of Origin and Kangaroos Test.

Manly CEO Tony Mestrov said of Hill,

Terry was a much-loved and respected figure at not only at the Sea Eagles, but across rugby league, where he played for several clubs. On behalf of everyone at the Sea Eagles, we offer our deepest and sincere condolences to Terry’s family and friends during this difficult time. Terry will always be fondly remembered at Manly.

Tony Mestrov

At just 19 years old, Hill sued the NSW Rugby League for refusing to go to Eastern Suburbs when drafted by the Roosters in 1992. In a shocking turn of events, 126 other plaintiffs joined Hill and achieved victory in their case.

The draft has never returned to the prior state, and for that, Hill is always remembered by the Rugby League Players’ Association as a hero.

The legend officially retired from rugby in 2005, marking the end to a both historic and illustrious career in the sport of rugby. He not only made an impact on the game, but on those who he played the game with.

Hill’s last trip to the Philippines was not his first time in the Nation, as he reportedly frequently traveled to the country.

Hill will always be remembered for his contributions to the sport of rugby. May he rest in peace.

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