Roger Cornforth, the son of the courageous post war Wallaby of the same name, has been honoured with life membership of the Northern Suburbs Rugby Club.

Cornforth was nominated and endorsed for the honour at Norths annual general meeting on Monday, February 26, a function also attended by his son Chris a speedy winger who also played at the club.

The honour is just reward for an association with the club since 1971 when he first started playing for Norths in second grade colts.

He came to grade in 1973 and played in the third grade premiership side of that year.

Cornforth, a sprightly fullback, centre and winger, was on the bench for the first grade side that won the Shute Shield in 1975 under Reg Smith.

In 1977 he was judged to be Norths most improved player and would go on to play 88 first grade games in a time when matches were only allocated to players who ran on to the field at the start of games.

Cornforth, like his famous father, embraced everything about Norths and was a key part of numerous touring parties including the famous 1977 tour to the UK, Belgium, Holland and France.

During the 1970s Cornforth was on various committees and his advice as a solicitor was considered invaluable.

In 1982/83 Cornforth joined the Colts Committee and took over the presidency of the Mosman Junior Rugby Union in 1992/93 developing an invaluable pathway for aspiring young rugby players.

Cornforth was also closely associated with the legal machinations that went into the combining of the rugby club and the licensed club when Norths returned to the Shute Shield at the end of the 1990s.

His nomination for life membership was proposed by former Wallaby Russ Tulloch and seconded by former president and life member Jack Harkness.

It was also supported by former first grade captain, president and life member Reg Smith.

Roger joins the list of Northern Suburbs Rugby’s Life Members:
John Harkness, Norman Osborne, Peter Carson, Reg Smith, Bill Randall, Russ Tulloch, Peter Medway, Richard Shaw, John Thornett, Richard Maude and Don Felton 


Image: Newly inducted Life Member, Roger Cornforth (right) with son Chris Cornforth (left) at Monday nights AGM


By Mark Cashman, Cashcow Media

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