Nick Tooth was 25 when he passed away following a catastrophic brain injury while playing rugby union for his home club in Quirindi, Australia.

A classic knockabout flanker with a deadly sidestep, Nick was a valued member of every team he played for, featuring on and off for the Quirindi Lions since the under 6s, a team favourite throughout his years at the Shore School, a pillar of the Eastern Suburbs Rugby Club and premiership winning player for Woollahra Colleagues Rugby Club.

But it was off the field that Nick had the biggest impact. He exonerated the way a life should be lived, throwing himself into each person and every moment.

Nick was a true gentleman who embodied the heart, spirit and mateship of what rugby union is all about.


Found in 2015, the Nick Tooth Foundation was set up by Nick’s family and a group of mates to raise funds and awareness for the prevention of sports-related brain injury while supporting the wellbeing of the rugby community.