Wallaby legend Sir Nicholas Shehadie dead, aged 92

Wallabies great and World Cup driving force Shehadie dies

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Shehadie, husband of former New South Wales state governor Dame Marie Bashir, served as president of Rugby Australia from 1980-86 and was also chairman of the multicultural SBS television network between 1981 and 1999.

Former Sydney lord mayor and ex-Wallaby captain Sir Nicholas Shehadie has died, aged 92.

Starting his career as a lock with Randwick and then NSW, Shehadie shifted to the front row where he was lauded as one of the world's best.

Born in Coogee and raised in Redfern, the Wallabies great played 30 Tests for Australia between 1947 and 1958 - a record at the time - with three of those coming as captain of the side, as well.

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Sir Nicholas Shehadie was a towering figure in Australian rugby.

Sir Nicholas held several distinguished positions including chairman of SBS, chairman of the NSW Rugby Union and chairman of TAFE and the Migrant Employment and Qualification Board.

He was appointed a knight bachelor for his service as Sydney's lord mayor between 1973 and 1975, and appointed a companion of the Order of Australia in 1990.

"Broadcaster Alan Jones, who was Wallabies coach under Shehadie's administration, said on radio: "(He was) a wonderful, wonderful Australian. a attractive man.

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"It's going to leave a hole in the heart of many because people like Nick Shehadie don't come along very often".

Former Prime Minister Toby Abbott tweeted "Sir Nicholas Shehadie improved everything he was involved with".

"He improved rugby as Wallaby captain, improved our city (Sydney) as Lord Mayor and even managed to improve SBS as its chairman".

Opposition Leader Luke Foley also paid tribute to Sir Nicholas on Monday. "He radiated warmth and was perfectly at home in a boardroom or a bar". "Thoughts are with Marie Bashir and their family".

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He is survived by his wife, three children and six grandchildren.

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