Dennis Spagarino, a rugby league referee, died of MND at 70. Let us learn more about this Rugby Referee and his cause of death.
Dennis Spagarino Career:
Spagarino, 70, was a member of the NSW and the Referees Association for life. His legacy includes referees for the Rugby League World Cup Finals, NRL Grand Finals, and State of Origin. He coached junior referees for decades, worked as a video referee, and was elected Chairman. Spagarino was one of the first recipients of the Australian Medal, established in 2000 by former Prime Minister John Howard to commemorate the beginning. In rugby league, he and his former captain have been at the vanguard of England’s campaign against MND. Sinfield raised £7 million in three challenges, including running seven marathons in seven days.
Dennis Spagarino Career As A Coach:
Spagarino was graded from Suburbs and became a highly successful first-grade referee, controlling 22 matches between 1984 and 1988. He became the NSWRL Referees Coach, who was instrumental in developing officials who went on to NRL careers. He was also the Chairman of the New Wales Rugby League Referees Association. The former referee and Executive Officer Greg McCallum believe Spagarino led to much confusion surrounding referee selections. According to McCallum, as the head of the association, he gained vital information on how the refereeing sector works. “Because communication was his first concern, he later formed tight relationships with organisations such as the NSWRL and NRL.”
How Did Dennis Spagarino Die?
The NSWRL was profoundly saddened to learn of the death of acknowledged refereeing great and NSWRL Life Member Dennis Spagarino, who recently succumbed to motor neuron illness. Rugby league and Motor Neurone Disease will forever be linked, for better or worse, because of Rob Burrow, a Leeds Rhinos great. This is useful in some aspects because it has made new public awareness of the illness’s issues. The rugby league community is now doing an excellent job of raising funds and raising awareness for the MND community. Burrow’s battle with the sickness he was diagnosed with in December 2019 is devastating.