Rugby community in this part of Europe lost one of the most influential members. Jure Mahkota, one of the founders and member of RRC Board, died 4th October 2013, after longtime fight with fatal illness. Jure Mahkota was one of the key members of the Slovenian Rugby, but also well known face in all RRC countries and further. With remarkable playing career, which included longtime serving for his club Koloys (later Ljubljana), he was also national team player both for ex Yugoslavia and Slovenia.
His coaching years included both Ljubljana and Slovenian National Team and his work produced so many great players over the decades. As a mentor, role model and coach, his influence on Slovenian Rugby was immeasurable. Involvement in RRC, since it started in 2007, bring new dimension to his rugby passion. Dedicated serving to the RRC Board and competition was one of reasons why it survived and been playing for the 7th season now.
RRC community wish to thank Jure for all his work for developing rugby in this part of Europe. Condolences to the family and friends from all RRC clubs, players, officials and supporters.
We lost a friend who will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, dear Jure.