'Shattering news': Australian sport rocked by death of Greg Growden

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·5-min read
Greg Growden has died at the age of 60 after a battle with cancer. Images: Twitter
Greg Growden has died at the age of 60 after a battle with cancer. Images: Twitter

The Australian sporting community is mourning the death of legendary journalist Greg Growden.

Growden lost his battle with cancer at the age of 60.

World-renowned for his rugby journalism (among other sports), Growden died on Saturday night at Royal Prince Alfred’s Lighthouse facility.

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He was one of only two journalists in the world to cover every Rugby World Cup since 1987.

He served as the Sydney Morning Herald’s chief rugby union correspondent from 1987 to 2012.

“Greg was widely respected here in Australia and abroad and made an exceptional contribution to the game,” Rugby Australia chief executive Rob Clarke said on Sunday.

“He was fearless and kept numerous coaches – and administrators – to account over his 40 years in the game.

“He will be remembered fondly and his legacy will still be felt for generations, thanks to his generosity as a mentor to young journalists around Australia.”

Aussie sport pays tribute to Greg Growden

Former Wallabies player Peter FitzSimons paid tribute to Growden in his Sydney Morning Herald column.

“As an author he was highly accomplished, with a very specific niche,” FitzSimons wrote.

“Greg went out after bringing to life those who history had passed by and forgotten, but who deserved to have their stories told.

“He faced his final illness with great stoicism and resolution. He knew he was in real trouble.

“The cancer came and went a couple of times. When it came back with a vengeance, he made his arrangements.”

Veteran sports journalist Robert Craddock wrote on Twitter: “Shattering news to learn of the death of outstanding sports writer Greg Growden.

“He was wonderful company and a superb writer. His biography of gifted but tortured wrist spinner Chuck Fleetwood Smith is regarded as one of cricket’s most compelling reads. RIP great man.”

Daily Telegraph rugby writer Jamie Pandaram added: “Had many memorable days sitting next to Greg Growden, listening to him working the phones, plying information from sources, issuing blistering rebukes.”

“An inspiration to work alongside and against. Thoughts with his family. RIP Growdy.”

Tributes from fellow journalists and sporting identities flooded social media on Sunday.

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