Super Rugby


7/31/2018

Vale QRU No. 743 – Robin Priebe


Queensland Rugby is mourning the death of Robin ‘Rob’ Priebe, who passed away on Monday morning. Rob, who became a Red in 1961, was a dedicated supporter of  Rugby, and the Dairy Industry in Country Queensland, from his hometown of Imbil.
 
Rob’s parents purchased the Yabba Creek farm in 1948 and, while studying Dairy Technology in Brisbane, Rob climbed through the ranks of Premier Rugby to earn a maroon jersey in 1961, as our No. 8 to face France at the Exhibition Ground.

In 1965, he was named in the newly formed Queensland Country Rugby Union side, the first to play at Lang Park, for a curtain raiser to the Australia, South Africa Test. He represented the Heelers again the following year when he played in Queensland Country’s first clash with New South Wales Country.
 
After graduating, Rob worked for a milk processor before returning to Imbil to take over the family's farming operations, in 1963. He met his wife Pat when she was a nurse, moving between positions across the region. 
 
The life they built in Imbil was displayed at the couple’s 2015 “farewell to the district” party, which drew guests from politics, the dairy industry, local government, and various organisations.
 
The MC was Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, who told the 100+ guests that whatever Rob was involved in, he gave it his all.
 
“He was a thinker, often outside the square. He offered plenty of carefully considered advice that I apologise for not always following. Rob made a massive contribution to his community and to his industry, and – was a big part of both.” (Gympie Times, 14thApril 2015)
 
Rob delved into local government, serving on the old Widgee Shire Council, and when it became Cooloola Shire, where he was described as being like a ‘blue heeler’ when pushing an idea. He engaged in many other aspects of his community, including founding the local neighbourhood watch group - all while he and Pat ran a 200-cow dairy and raised 4 children.
 
Having sold the farm, Pat and Rob retired to the Sunshine Coast.
 
The funeral service will be held on Monday 6 August at Gregson & Weight Chapel, 159 Wises Road Buderim commencing at 1:00pm.