Gladys backflips on Fulton funeral call

The NSW government has backflipped on an earlier rejection to offer the family of rugby league legend Bob Fulton a state funeral.

Fulton, one of the sport’s original four Immortals, died on Sunday at the age of 74 following a lengthy battle with cancer.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian issued a statement on Tuesday morning, confirming the state funeral would be offered after first rejecting the farewell.

“The family of Australian rugby league immortal Bob Fulton AM will be offered a State Funeral by the NSW Government,” Ms Berejiklian’s office wrote in a statement.

“Given groundswell community support, I have overruled the official advice I received and make this offer in recognition of Mr Fulton’s remarkable contribution to rugby league.

“On behalf of the people of NSW, I extend my condolences to Mr Fulton’s family and friends.”

The family of NRL legend Bob Fulton has been given a state funeral.Source:News Corp Australia

His son Brett Fulton said the family would accept the offer.

“We’d like to thank Ms Berejiklian for the offer and, yes, we will accept,” he told 2GB’s Ray Hadley.

The state government had been planning a send-off similar to the SCG farewell given to Tommy Raudonikis, a rugby league legend with the Western Suburbs Magpies.

In April, Raudonikis was celebrated by more than 1000 fans, family members and former teammates at the SCG following his death from cancer.

It was believed the government would be seen as showing elitism if Fulton received the honour of a state funeral after Raudonikis did not.

Former Kangaroos coach Fulton played 35 Test matches for Australia and coached the side from 1989-98.

Nicknamed “Bozo”, Fulton made his debut with Manly in 1966 and was part of the club‘s first three premiership wins, including as captain in 1976.

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