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Jake Howard

Discussion in 'Everything Else' started by boyo, Dec 15, 2015.

  1. boyo Mark Ella (57)

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    Vale Jake Howard, Wallaby 534, SUFC Wallaby 64

    Sunday 13 December, 2015
    ARU Media Release

    [IMG]The Australian Rugby community is saddened by the passing of former Wallabies prop John ‘Jake’ Howard, who passed away suddenly on Friday aged 70.

    Born in 1945 in Bexley, NSW, Howard attended one of Sydney’s traditional Rugby nurseries, St Joseph’s College Hunters Hill.

    Making his Test debut at age 24 against Scotland at the SCG in 1970, Howard went on to represent the Wallabies on seven occasions from 1970-73 including Tests against New Zealand, South Africa, Wales, France and Tonga.

    Playing in his usual position of tighthead prop he earned the nickname “Tractor” for his powerful scrummaging and mechanical running style.

    After his playing days Howard continued his passion for Rugby through Coaching where he forged an excellent reputation.

    He was called upon as an Assistant Coach of the Wallabies and enjoyed several successful Coaching stints overseas in England, France, Japan and the United States.

    Outside of Rugby, Howard was described by those closest to him as a "teacher, philosopher and life coach" and created his own Rugby lineage through his son, Pat Howard, who would follow in his father's footsteps to represent Australia.

    A passionate resident of the Queensland Sunshine Coast, Jake volunteered much of his time in teaching children with disabilities alongside his wife, Marguerite.

    ARU CEO Bill Pulver offered his condolences to the Howard family: "On behalf of the Australian Rugby community I extend our deepest sympathies to the Howard family during this difficult time.

    "Jake was a very popular Rugby man and devoted his life to the game and to teaching others. He was a great player in his own right, but is arguably better known for his contribution to the game after his playing days.

    “He was an entertaining character and had a natural gift for storytelling, he was a true gentleman.”

    Mr Howard is survived by his wife Marguerite, sons Patrick, Tom and David, daughter Katherine, and six Grandchildren.

    Jake Howard's Funeral is to be held on Friday 18th December at 11am, at St Joseph's, 41 The Drive, Bardon. Followed by a wake at 21 Morgan Tce, Bardon.
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  2. Lindommer Andrew Slack (58)

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    Jake was part of a unique group: Pat followed his father (Jake) and grandfather (Cyril Towers) in the gold jumper.

    The first (the only?) grandfather/father/son to play rugby for Australia.
  3. Inside Shoulder Nathan Sharpe (72)

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    Lindo - I think your post implies it and my understanding was that Jake married Towers' daughter.
    Australian rugby royalty - or whatever the republican equivalent is?
    Part of the line of gold.
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  4. wamberal David Codey (61)

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    Firstly, my deepest condolences to all who knew and loved him.

    I know nothing about his personal life, but he was an admirable stalwart of the game.

    May he rest in peace.

    Yes, it is the case that Pat Howard is Cyril Towers' grandson. BTW, I knew Cyril's son, Tommy. He was a lovely chap, played a bit of first grade for the Galloping Greens.

    Cyril was a giant in terms of his influence on the game.

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