Elie Brousse - the "Sydney Tiger" has passed away aged 97 years

4th July 2019, 21:47

The French Federation has announced the passing of Elie Brousse, nicknamed the "Sydney Tiger" after his exploits during the 1951 French tour to Australia.

Elie had struggled for several months but sadly passed away in Roanne on July 2nd aged 97 years.

Born in Bages close to Perpignan on August 28th, 1921 he made his name as a prop and second-row forward and played 30 times for the French national team between 1946 and 1953. He was on the winning team against Australia four times but the highlight was when the Tricolors toured Australia in 1951 and came away with an historic 2 - 1 series win during which he scored a fantastic try.

The RLIF sends their condolences to the family, friends and the FFRXIII