Former Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs rugby league cult hero Geoff ‘wildman’ Robinson dies aged 66

Matt Shrivell
The Nightly
Rugby league icon Geoff Robinson (left) has died suddenly after a lengthy health battle.
Rugby league icon Geoff Robinson (left) has died suddenly after a lengthy health battle. Credit: Facebook.

One of rugby league’s toughest ever players and Canterbury Bankstown cult hero Geoff Robinson has died.

Robinson - who battled throat cancer for a number of years - is believed to have suffered a heart attack.

The much-loved Bulldog great was 66.

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Robinson’s trademark shoulder-length black hair would fly as he charged into defenders and made crunching tackles for the Bulldogs at Belmore between 1977 and 1984, before returning for the 1986 season.

Known as ‘ the wild man’ the cancer fight had taken a toll and the renowned hardman said in interviews: “I have always thought of myself as a pretty strong person but this has gotten me a couple of times. I’ll be honest – it has brought me to tears.”

“A very very sad day indeed . Not just for his family and friends , the Canterbury Bankstown Club and fans , but for the wider rugby league community, and the community as a whole,” a fan wrote on social media.

“Without being a reputed star of the game, he was an icon of late 70’s and 80’s rugby league.

“In a time that was considered one of the toughest eras of the game, Robbo stood head and shoulders with the toughest . As a youngster who lived and breathed anything and everything Canterbury Bankstown he was one of my favourites.

“All too often in the backyard footy battle with friends when you try to emulate your idols, I’d often go for my attempt as the Wildman to bash through the line. But to no avail with my body built more like that of a Steve Mortimer. And so it was for many a bloke I’d imagine, both at the elite level, and the backyard warriors, and everywhere in between.

“He was definitely a rare breed, and will always be remembered. BULLDOGS & ROBBO FOREVER.”

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