Mosman Rugby Club President Michael Flude said Monkey is nothing short of a local legend, who “just keeps showing up with his boots each week.”
“He gets out there on the paddock and gives it to blokes who are decades younger – it’s just sensational,” Flude says.
What’s not so sensational, is Monkey’s injury list.
Five knee operations, 14 broken noses, countless split lips, a re-built shoulder and a ruptured bicep are just some of the casualties he’s suffered over the years.
“And I counted the number of stitches I’ve had the other day, and it’s over 1000.”
With stats like these, it’s little wonder that Monkey’s wife wants him to retire from club rugby, on the cusp of his 50th season for the Mosman Whales.
“She’s got no chance,” he laughs.
“Don’t tell her I said this, but I’ve bought new footy boots for 2020. I just love rugby – I love the game, I love the comradery – and I love my club.”