Rugby league great Pickup dies age 72

In a sad year for rugby league, the game has lost another former great in former Kangaroo five-eighth Tim Pickup.

Pickup, a star with Norths and Canterbury in the 1970s, had been suffering for dementia for several years. He was 72.

A star rugby union player early in his career, he played for four seasons with Manly before shifting to league.

After a season in England with the famous St Helens club, he returned to Sydney and was inundated with offers, joining the North Sydney Bears in 1972 after a bidding war for his services.

He played for both NSW and Australia in his debut season and had three years with the struggling Bears before joining the Bulldogs in 1975.

Pickup played five seasons with the Bulldogs before retiring in 1979.

After football, he became heavily involved in boxing and managed Jeff Harding when he won the WBC World Light-Heavyweight Title in 1989.

In 2000 he was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for services to sport.

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