Vale former Wallaby and Scone Rugby stalwart Ollie Hall

Sadly-missed: Former Wallaby and Scone Rugby Club legend Ollie Hall had a full and interesting life.
Sadly-missed: Former Wallaby and Scone Rugby Club legend Ollie Hall had a full and interesting life.

The Australian and Scone rugby community is mourning the loss of former New South Wales and Wallabies prop, Oliver 'Ollie' Hall.

The 67-year old passed away during last week following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Born in Wellington, Hall epitomised all that is good about Country rugby.

He was a strong, likeable loose head prop with a deep love of the game, and enjoyed a most interesting life. Outside of representing his country in rugby union, he was also a farmer, a contractor, a jackeroo, a mining technician and an actor.

After attending The King's School where he rowed in the First VIII and played lock for the 2nd XV, Hall returned to his father's property and played for the Yeoval 2nd XV. In 1972 he graduated to first grade and won selection in the Central West representative team.

Following a year working on a station in the Northern Territory, he returned home to Wellington, where upon his representative career kicked-off.

After playing for the Country and NSW under-23s, Hall graduated to the Country 2nds and then Country 1sts in 1976, and was part of the Country team that toured the Pacific and North America the following year.

On the suggestion of former Wallaby Ross Turnbull, Hall moved into the front row in 1978 and the following season played his first match against international opposition, in the 7-28 loss to Ireland at Orange.

Two years later he retired from representative football. However a chat with Wallaby great Jon White, who said "one day in the future you will wish you had done it", convinced him to return and in 1982 he made the move to Sydney.

Linking up with the Manly Marlins, Hall, by then 30, was awarded the Chad Paton Trophy for the 'best clubman' in his first season

The following year he represented Sydney (v USA), made his provincial debut for NSW against Argentina, played in the Shute Shield premiership winning side coached by the mercurial Alan Jones and won selection on the end-of-season Wallaby tour to Italy and France.

Making his debut for Australia against an Italian Provincial XV, Hall over the course of the tour played in a total of five uncapped matches.

Unfortunately, his representative career ended the following year after suffering multiple knee injuries and missing selection in the famed 1984 Grand Slam winning side.

Jones by then the Wallabies coach, told Hall: "Mate, we would have loved taking you but you are not much better than Douglas Bader [the British air ace who lost both his legs] these days."

Hall as Tiny in the TV mini-series Fields of Fire III.

Hall as Tiny in the TV mini-series Fields of Fire III.

Post rugby, Hall achieved notoriety on the silver screen, landing a role alongside Mel Gibson and Tina Turner in the 1985 film Mad Max III: Beyond Thunderdome.

"I worked on Mad Max III for 10 months, I was the longest employed," Hall told the Scone Advocate back in 2016.

"My role was as Tina Turner's bodyguard, but I was also an assistant to [The Master] Angelo Rossitto and did some stunt work."

Following that he played Tiny in three seasons of the TV mini-series 'Fields of Fire' before moving to Scone in 1989 and strapping on the boots for the Brumbies, helping them win the premiership that season.

A year later, he won a role in the movie Quigley Down Under, which starred Tom Selleck and the late Alan Rickman.

Not long after filming ended, Hall decided it was time to move on from acting, and spent the next two decades working in the mining industry, farming and helping out coaching the Brumbies junior sides.

"I've been coaching for about six years now, and I've probably gotten as much pleasure out of this as anything I've ever done," he said in 2016.

He is survived by wife Myff and children Laura, Tim, Ashton, Chester and Charlton.

Comments