Topliss captained the three clubs he played for – Wakefield Trinity, Hull FC and Oldham – and also starred Down Under with Penrith Panthers and Balmain Tigers. In total, he played more than 600 games, scoring around 300 tries.
He was a British Lion tourist to Australia and New Zealand in 1979 and coached Wakefield Trinity for seven years.
A successful businessman, Topliss was appointed Manager of Yorkshire for the 2001 County of Origin fixture and served as a performance analyst with The Rugby Football League’s World Class Performance programme.
David Howes paid this personal tribute to his friend and business colleague in the days after his shock passing:
“David Topliss … the husband, the father, the grandfather, the friend, the player, the coach, the mentor, the businessman.
Quite simply, David Topliss the man.