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Rods out for Roy: Fishing mates pay Symonds the ultimate tribute


The tributes continue to flow for Andrew Symonds, with a ‘Fishing Rods for Roy’ campaign launched to honour the former Australia Test star.

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Cricket fans have been encouraged to leave fishing rods and cricket balls outside the front of their house as part of a nation-wide tribute for the 46-year-old.

Symonds died on Saturday night when his car left the road and rolled in Hervey Range, about 50km from Townsville.

His love of fishing was the stuff of folklore, with Symonds even sent home from an ODI series against Bangladesh in 2008 after missing a team meeting in Darwin so he could hit the water.

Symonds had even been willing to accept a 20 per cent pay cut from his Cricket Australia contract if it meant he would be granted more free time to go fishing.

New details emerged on Sunday of the crash that claimed the life of Symonds.

Waylon Townson tried to save Symonds after hearing the crash and rushing to the scene.

“He was stuck in there, so I tried to pull him out,” Townson told the Nine Network.

“(I) started doing CPR and checked his pulse but I didn’t get much response.”

Symonds was travelling with his two dogs, and they reportedly didn’t want to leave his side after the crash.

Former teammates and rivals alike paid tribute to Symonds once the news of his death was made public.

Adam Gilchrist choked back tears when paying tribute to Symonds on Monday morning during his SEN radio show.

Justin Langer, who played alongside Symonds in the Test team, joined Gilchrist and former coach Darren Lehmann to reminisce about their good friend.

“When I was 25, I went back to the Cricket Academy with Rod Marsh as a scholarship coach, and he (Symonds) was one of the guys I coached,” Langer said.

“On every Wednesday night, there was some nightclub or some bar the boys would go to, and Rod Marsh would say, ‘righto boys, who went out last night?’

“And every single Thursday morning two blokes put their hands up, Andrew Symonds and Ian Harvey.

And Rod Marsh would say, ‘Righto, you’re over there with Alfie’.

“And I had to take them … so they could sweat out these Bundies from the night before.

“To this moment the perfume of Bundaberg Rum makes me gag, because I used to have to take these guys and I smelt Bundy every Thursday morning for about seven months.”

Lehmann said he was struggling to process the loss of Shane Warne, Rod Marsh, and Symonds in such a short space of time.

“It’s been a tough time,” Lehmann said.

“He (Symonds) was one of the first guys I coached. To lose a larger than life character is quite distressing for everyone, none more so than for his family.

“He was a legend of the game, we loved him very much, he lit up the room, and loved life to the fullest.”

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