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Moore made immense contribution to Queen's: Longwell

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European Cup winner Gary Longwell has paid tribute to Queen's Rugby stalwart Robbie Moore after the long-term clubman lost a lengthy battle with illness on Sunday evening.

Moore, who was 73, had been involved with the university side since the 1970s, filling virtually every role imaginable at the Dub.

"You think Queen's Rugby and you think Robbie Moore," said Longwell, who played under him before a distinguished career with Ballymena, Ulster and Ireland.

"He was the life and soul of that club and it's a testament to him how many players have gone on to great things since.

"For years and years, anyone who was coached by him loved him - that goes right up to boys involved with Ireland and Ulster at the minute like Tommy Bowe and Iain Henderson."

Moore's dedication to the cause was legendary in rugby circles, doing everything from coaching the first XV to washing the kits.

The Whitehead man's contribution was acknowledged in 2005 when he won the 'BBC Unsung Hero' award.

"He was the head coach there when I first came through into the side," added Longwell.

"He'd been involved with Brighton, and had a great time at Carrick, but he found a home at Queen's. He was a constant there through all the years.

"He must have done everything at one time or another. Coach, Director of Rugby, committee member, kit man.

"I think what I'll always remember was his honesty. He wasn't there to tell you you'd played well when you hadn't.

"When you needed an honest word about what you needed to do, Robbie was the man."

The funeral will take place at 12pm on Friday at Roselawn with tea and coffee being served at Upper Malone playing fields afterwards.

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