The RFL has extended condolences to the family of Terry Clawson

Date published: Friday, September 6, 2013

The RFL has extended its condolences to the family of Terry Clawson, the 1972 Rugby League World Cup winner and former Oldham prop, who has died at his home in Pontefract, aged 73..

Clawson, who was 73, enjoyed a distinguished career as a ball-handling forward with Featherstone, Bradford, Leeds, Oldham, York, Wakefield and Hull in the 1960s and 1970s and was capped 14 times by Great Britain.

When he arrived at Oldham for the start of the 1973-74 season he was one of the most experienced prop forwards in the game. He was signed to fill the gap left by the retirement of Frank Foster.

In the 12 months he was an Oldham player, Terry played in nine internationals, including all three against the 1973 Kangaroos, producing a powerful performance in the first Test win at Wembley, where he kicked four vital goals.

He was selected for the 1974 tour of Australia and New Zealand — the only Oldham player to make the trip.

Terry returned from tour to play only three games with Oldham in 1974-75, finishing with a total of 19 Oldham appearances.

More than a decade later his son Neil, also a prop, came to Oldham and played more than 80 games between 1986 and 1990..

Terry won a Championship final with Leeds in 1972, when he won the Harry Sunderland Trophy as man of the match, but his finest hour came later that year when he was a member of the Great Britain team that won the Rugby League World Cup in Lyon.

“Our thoughts are with Terry’s family at this very sad time,” said RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood.

“It is particularly sad and poignant that Terry’s passing has come in this, a World Cup year.

“Terry will not just be remembered as a great Rugby League player, he will be remembered as one of the game’s great characters.”

A funeral service will take place at Pontefract Crematorium on Thursday September 12 (11.20am).