Don Furner is confirmed dead at the age of 87.
Don was best known as a Australian rugby league coach (Eastern Suburbs).
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Don Furner Sr, inaugural Canberra Raiders coach, dies aged 87
Death of an icon: Godfather of the Canberra Raiders Don Furner dead at 87
Rest In Peace Don Furner #NRL
RT @therealbigmarn: Sad day for Raiders fans with the passing of Don Furner Senior. RIP. Only met him a few times but he was a Rugby Le…
Inaugural Canberra Raiders coach Don Furner passes away.
RT @9_Moley: RIP Don Furner snr... first coach of @RaidersCanberra, league legend and a great old mate. Moley has a tear in his…
Good decent bloke Don Furner @RaidersCanberra inaugural coach, guided @SydneyRoosters to 1972 Grand Final and in ch…
RIP Don Furner Snr. Wise, gentle, humble man. Condolences to Donny Jr and family and all @RaidersCanberra.
@RaidersCanberra Don Furner was the perfect man to start off the Raiders. From a group of mainly casts offs & nobod…
RT @CraigNorenbergs: Vale Don Furner. A great rugby league man. Lovely bloke and a family man. @RaidersCanberra fans owe him so much.…
RT @therealbigmarn: Sad day for Raiders fans with the passing of Don Furner Senior. RIP. Only met him a few times but he was a Rugby Le…
R.I.P. Don Senior...
Sad day for Raiders fans with the passing of Don Furner Senior. RIP. Only met him a few times but he was a Rugby Le…
RT @9_Moley: RIP Don Furner snr... first coach of @RaidersCanberra, league legend and a great old mate. 1232135698481704961,2020-02-25 02:50:17 +0000,amajdandzic1,RT @9_Moley: RIP Don Furner snr... first coach of @RaidersCanberra
Inaugural Raiders coach Don Furner snr dead at 87
Death of an icon: Raiders legend, godfather of rugby league Don Furner dead at 87
RT @RaidersCanberra: Vale Don Furner Senior “Don Furner Senior was a fundamental piece of the architecture in putting our club together…
Vale Don Furner snr: Legendary Raiders coach passes away
Don Furner
Personal information
Born(1932-12-26)26 December 1932
Died24 February 2020(2020-02-24) (aged 87)[1]
Playing information
PositionForward
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1951–53Souths (Toowoomba)
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
19??–??Queensland
1956Australia10000
Coaching information
Club
Years
Team
Gms
W
D
L
W%
1965–69
Queanbeyan
1970–72
Easts (Sydney)
69
40
2
27
58
1973–81
Queanbeyan
1982–87
Canberra Raiders
153
59
3
91
39
Total
222
99
5
118
45
Representative
Years
Team
Gms
W
D
L
W%
1986–88
Australia
15
13
0
2
87
2000
Fiji
3
1
0
2
33
Source: Rugby League Project
Don Furner (26 December 1932 – 24 February 2020) was an Australian rugby league footballer and coach. As a player, he represented Queensland on nine occasions and also toured with the 1956–57 Kangaroos.
He began his coaching career as a player-coach with Junee in 1964. In that year team won their first Group 9 grand final as well as the Maher Cup. In 1965 he coached the Queanbeyan Blues (1965–69), the Eastern Suburbs Roosters (1970–72), whom he took to the 1972 NSWRFL season's premiership final, Queanbeyan again from 1973 to 1981, and then became the first coach of the newly formed Canberra Raiders. Furner also coached the Canberra club to the 1987 NSWRL season's Grand Final. He later joined Parramatta for the 1985 NSWRL season. He was appointed the Australian national coach from 1986 to 1988. He coached the NSW Country team and two now-defunct Group 20 clubs, Narrandera Lizards in 1998 and Yanco Wamoon Hawks in 2005. He took the latter to the 2005 group 20 grand final, which they lost to West Wyalong.
His sons are David Furner who used to be a player and coach of the Canberra Raiders and Don Furner, Jr. who became the Canberra Raiders' CEO.
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