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Phillip Hughes Honoured With Touching Hometown Tribute

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Phillip Hughes has been honoured with with a bridge near his hometown to be named after him.

The new bridge over the Nambucca river in the mid-north coast of New South Wales will be named the Phillip Hughes Bridge.

Hughes grew up in Macksville, which is in the area and represents the midway point between Sydney and Brisbane.

Hughes was an immensely gifted cricketer whose homespun technique was honed in the rural NSW town, and he died in November 2014 at the age of 25 after being hit in the neck with a cricket ball while playing a Sheffield Shield game at the SCG.

He had played 26 Tests for Australia, scoring 1535 runs with three centuries.

The bridge will form part of the Pacific Highway.

NSW Roads Minister Melinda Pavey said the bridge was named with the support of Hughes’s family, Nambucca Shire Council supported the decision, and the local community.

“Phillip Hughes was a role model for young people from the Macksville community as well as the rest of the country for his dedication and determination to succeed,” Mrs Pavey said in a statement on Saturday.

“His death had an enormous impact on Australians and cricket fans in particular and prompted the hash tag - Put Out Your Bats.

“This is a fitting tribute to a fine young local who was taken too soon.”

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