Vale Roy Elmer

· Hospital Cup
by Reds Media Unit

The Queensland Rugby community is mourning the loss of Roy Elmer who passed away on Wednesday morning.


Elmer played over 50 games for Brothers, winning two Hospital Cups in 1950 and 1951, while in 1950 he was also awarded the F.M. Arnell Memorial Trophy as the club’s most improved player.

Upon finishing his playing career, Elmer moved into the coaching field and would go on to leave an immense mark on junior Rugby in Queensland.

Coaching at Souths, Elmer mentored a number of future Queensland and Australian representatives including Rob and Tom Lawton and Cameron Lillicrap.

Lillicrap said Elmer’s contribution to Rugby Queensland has been monumental.

“Roy coached at Souths when I first started playing in U8s with guys like Rob and Tom.

“He was a great man, he influenced a lot of young Rugby players over the years.

“He was one of the coaching directors in junior Rugby in Queensland, and always believed in the development of young players.”

QRU will provide funeral details once they are made available. 

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