Stephen Barber, PRUI Life Member
On Saturday May 16, Indonesian Rugby lost a great servant of the Game in Alan Nye who passed away following a short battle with a bacterial infection resulting from a recent hiking expedition on the Kokoda Trail in PNG. Alan was with family members at the time of his passing in Jakarta and at his funeral on Monday May 18, many of his friends joined his extended family to farewell him with the dignity and honour he so rightly deserved.
Alan was described by his son, Stephen Nye at this funeral as being “Superman” and for those who knew Alan they would understand that age was not a barrier for this man who at every chance would be out on the rugby field playing with those who were a third of his age. He was active and loved the outdoors, but Rugby was always his passion and this love for the Game spilled over into the wonderful sponsorship support that Alan’s company Britmindo have given to Indonesian Rugby over many years.
There will be an “Alan Nye Memorial Vets Match” played 11:00am Sunday June 7 at the British School Jakarta. This match will be played prior to Test match between Indonesia and Guam at the same venue at 3:00pm. In the tradition of the Game that Alan played as a youth a leather ball will be used for this match, so please come along and honour a lost but never forgotten servant of Indonesian Rugby.
Vale Alan Nye