In 1966, Bill Carruthers was approached to stand for the Liberal party in a Federal election. He refused, not because he disagreed with the party’s policies, but because Canberra was too far from what was important to him – his family, his house and his rugby club.

The family was his wife, Marge, and their five children, his house was the one his father built in Mosman, and his club was Norths. Not only did Carruthers play 112 first grade matches for Norths, in 1953 he and another member guaranteed the Northern Suburbs Rugby Club, although the family strongly doubts that Marge knew about that, and he was president of the club from 1974 to 1977. For many years Carruthers also coached the Mosman Juniors and Under-21s rugby teams.

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