NSW Government Backflip On State Funeral Plan For Bob Fulton

Fans will farewell the sporting legend

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The family of Rugby League icon Bob Fulton have been offered a full state funeral following a backflip from NSW government.

The NSW Government have backflipped on providing the family of League legend Bob Fulton a state funeral - after originally deciding against it.

Disappointment came from the entire Rugby League community when the family of the Manly legend was denied a state funeral. That decision was based on concerns of backlash after State Government rejected one for fellow legend of the sport Tommy Raudonikis in April.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian vindicated the initial rejection on Tuesday afternoon, overriding the decision.

”Given groundswell community support, I have overruled the official advice I received and make this offer in recognition of Mr Fulton’s remarkable contribution to rugby league,” she said.

“On behalf of the people of NSW, I extend my condolences to Mr Fulton’s family and friends.”


According to a report from The Australian, Bob’s son Brett Fulton said the family would indeed accept the offer.

Fulton, 74, considered one of the sport’s immortals, passed away on Sunday after a long battle with cancer.

The former Kangaroos coach, nicknamed ‘Bozo’ Fulton, made his debut with Manly in 1966 and enjoyed a successful career winning three premierships.


25 May 2021

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