Origin Walk plaque honours "Tosser" Turner

A commemorative plaque honouring the late Dick "Tosser" Turner's contributions to Queensland State of Origin rugby league was unveiled at Suncorp Stadium today.

The Turner family was joined by Former Origin Greats (FOGS) Executive Chairman Gene Miles and Minister for Sport Phil Reeves to unveil the plaque, which will be positioned alongside the plaques of the 166 former players and adjacent to the Wally Lewis statue on Origin Walk at the Northern end of Suncorp Stadium.

Miles highlighted the importance of Turner's role within the Queensland State of Origin community, which started with his appointment as co-manager in 1982 alongside Arthur Beetson and continued until 1996 when he stood down and turned his attention to developing the FOGS organisation as an opportunity for past Origin players to give back to the Queensland community.

"Tosser was, and still is, an inspiration to the Queensland State of Origin team," Miles said.

"We felt that he earned a spot on Origin Walk to be recognised alongside the players because in his time as Queensland's Manager what he did for us off the field had such a big impact on what happened on the field.

"Tosser's legacy lives on in the work that FOGS is doing to raise money and increase opportunities for various less fortunate groups within the community."

Minister for Sport Phil Reeves said the Queensland Government was proud that Dick "Tosser" Turner would be immortalised on the Origin Walk of Fame at Suncorp Stadium Queensland's home of rugby league.

"Whilst his passing was a great loss to rugby league, today is a proud day in the history of the game and in the history of this ground," Mr Reeves said.

Turner, who was regarded as the "Godfather" of Queensland State of Origin rugby league, died in June last year at the age of 76.

The plaque is twice the size of the other Origin Walk plaques and is inscribed with:

Dick 'Tosser' Turner
19.8.31 16.6.08
Godfather of Origin
Team Manager of the Century
Missed by all

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