NRL stars leave heartbreaking tributes to Kyle Turner after the Souths premiership winner’s death aged just 31 threw the footy world into mourning

NRL stars leave heartbreaking tributes to Kyle Turner after the Souths premiership winner’s death aged just 31 threw the footy world into mourning

  • NRL premiership winner Kyle Turner has died aged just 31
  • Adam Reynolds and Nicho Hynes paid respects on Instagram
  • Lifeline 13 11 14, beyondblue 1300 22 4636

A host of shattered NRL stars have paid tribute to Kyle Turner following the sudden death of the premiership-winning Rabbitohs star.

Turner, 31, won a title with South Sydney in 2014 – and news of his passing has rocked the code.

The likes of former Bunnies teammate Adam Reynolds and Dally M Medallist Nicho Hynes posted tributes on social media.

Reynolds, now the captain of the Broncos, shared an image on Saturday showing a number of teammates he won the title with at Redfern, including current Roosters star Luke Keary, Dave Tyrrell, Chris McQueen and Kirisome Auva’a.

Turner was front and centre of the photo, with the Brisbane halfback adding a broken heart emoji to the post.

A number of shattered NRL stars – including former premiership-winning teammate Adam Reynolds (pictured in a photo featuring Turner and other members of Souths’ 2014 team) have paid tribute to the Bunnies star on social media following his sudden death 

Dally M Medallist Nicho Hynes also posted a tribute on Instagram on Saturday

Dally M Medallist Nicho Hynes also posted a tribute on Instagram on Saturday

Former Rabbitohs teammate Dylan Walker posted 'RIP' with an accompanying image of Turner on social media

Former Rabbitohs teammate Dylan Walker posted ‘RIP’ with an accompanying image of Turner on social media

George Burgess - who won the 2014 premiership alongside Turner - told his social media followers he was 'speechless' at his teammate's passing

George Burgess – who won the 2014 premiership alongside Turner – told his social media followers he was ‘speechless’ at his teammate’s passing

Hynes labelled the development ‘very sad news’ and urged his followers to ‘check in on your friends’ before offering his condolences to the Turner family.

Warriors utility Dylan Walker posted an image online of his ex-2014 teammate Turner, while George Burgess wrote, ‘I’m speechless at this news, how do we save each others lives? Or can we even? This hurts my heart so much.’

South Sydney have since confirmed they will retire jersey number 15 this weekend in memory of Turner, who made 91 first-grade appearances for the Rabbitohs between 2014 and 2019, mainly as a forward.

Aside from retiring his jersey number, the Rabbitohs will don black armbands as a tribute to Turner during Sunday’s match against Newcastle.

‘Kyle was an amazing human being,’ Rabbitohs chief executive Blake Solly said.

‘He epitomised the country boy rugby league player. He was such a tough, uncompromising player on the field, yet a lovely, generous man off the field.

‘We will hold him close to our hearts for the rest of this season and in the years to come. Vale Kyle Turner.’

South Sydney have confirmed they will retire jersey number 15 for this weekend's match against Newcastle in memory of Turner

South Sydney have confirmed they will retire jersey number 15 for this weekend’s match against Newcastle in memory of Turner

Turner (pictured celebrating a try) won an NRL premiership in 2014, which was his debut season in first grade

Turner (pictured celebrating a try) won an NRL premiership in 2014, which was his debut season in first grade 

Turner also represented NSW Country in 2017 and played for the Indigenous All Stars in 2015 and 2017

Turner also represented NSW Country in 2017 and played for the Indigenous All Stars in 2015 and 2017

Turner started from the bench in the side’s drought-breaking 2014 grand final victory over the Bulldogs, the culmination of a rookie season that yielded 24 games.

He represented NSW Country in the last City vs Country fixture in 2017 and twice played for the Indigenous All Stars in 2015 and 2017.

Injury hampered Turner’s time in first-grade. The forward notably suffered a serious neck injury in the 2015 All Stars match that forced him to undergo disc replacement surgery.

In 2019, Turner fell out of favour under the Rabbitohs’ new coach Wayne Bennett, who told him to look elsewhere for opportunities from 2020.

He returned to his hometown of Coonabarabran in northern NSW, where he played for the Coonabarabran Unicorns and became a school teacher.

The Unicorns will wear black armbands this weekend in tribute to Turner as well.

Turner’s cause of death is unknown.

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