By NSW Waratahs Media unit

The New South Wales Rugby Union is mourning the passing of former Gordon, Waratah and Wallaby tourist Peter Phipps, who died last Friday at the age of 84.

Peter comes from a long line of family members who have played rugby for their state and country, playing alongside his Wallaby brother Jim and his great nephew, Nick Phipps is the current Waratah and Wallaby halfback.

Peter learned his rugby at Barker College and after completing his schooling he attended Hawkesbury Agricultural College (H.A.C.) where he was selected in the senior team.

Peter then joined the Gordon Club in 1954 along with his two older brothers John and Jim and quickly worked his way through the grades to partner Jim in the centres.

Peter represented NSW in two matches between 1955 and 1956. After playing his first match for the state against Queensland, where he scored two tries, he was chosen in the Australian side to tour New Zealand in 1955.

Again he partnered his brother Jim in the centres during the lead-up games on the tour of New Zealand and was chosen to play in the second Test match. Peter was forced to withdraw from the game due to a knee injury and was unable to play another game during the tour, missing the opportunity of establishing himself as a regular Test player.

Peter began the 1956 season by being chosen for NSW to play against Queensland, but again he was injured during a club match playing for Gordon which restricted his playing time.

He was injured again in 1957 and it was found that he had two broken vertebrae in his lower spine. This injury marked the end to his rugby career.

He retained a great interest in the game, coaching and refereeing various teams and games in the country and Armidale area.

NSW Rugby Union on behalf of all Waratahs past and present and the NSW Rugby community would like to pass on their condolences to the family and friends of Peter Phipps and to our current player Nick.

A service of celebration and Thanksgiving for the life of Peter will be held at Kincumber Anglican Ministry Centre, 109 Avoca Dr Kincumber on Friday 2nd June 2017 at 2.00pm. 






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