Rod Pooley, 2009

Rod Pooley, or ‘Flash’ as he was known for his dazzling speed as open-side wing forward, has been seriously ill on several occasions over the last decade but he is still willing to take on anyone in a discussion, mainly on politics or the evils of mankind on mankind. Rod and Beryl still live in Surbiton and I try to visit them whenever my erratic timetable allows. Over Christmas, Rod was subject to forty or fifty procedures to keep him ticking over. But as he was my best man I suspect his courage and determination will as always see him in good stead.

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