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Can be a sad thread - but they deserve the recognition.
Described as one of the game’s greatest ever players and also one of its deepest thinkers, rugby league legend Ian Walsh’s accomplishments are unparalleled. Walsh passed away on Thursday aged 80 in his home town of Forbes after a long illness, leaving an incredible legacy in the game he loved.
The St George great had the unique distinction of being the only player to captain-coach his club to a premiership and his country to an Ashes series win - a feat he achieved in 1966.Born in Bogan Gate, NSW, on March 20, 1933, Walsh represented City, Country, NSW and Australia. Ian Walsh following a Test match on the Kangaroos 1959-60 tour of Great
He played 25 Tests and 39 tour matches for Australia between 1959 and 1966 and captained Australia in 10 Test matches between 1963 and 1966.‘‘He was a top class bloke and a top class player,’’ rugby league Immortal Johnny Raper said.
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Sad day when great players of generations past pass away.
Another one gone.
The St George Dragons are saddened to announce the passing of 1949 Premiership winning winger Noel Pidding at the age of 86.
The flanker scored two tries and kicked a goal to help the Red V claim a 19-12 Grand Final win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Pidding set a host of point-scoring records during a decorated first-grade career spanning ten seasons including becoming the Club's first player to top 200 points in a season (1951).
Furthermore, he scored a record 27 points for NSW City during the 1950 NSW Origin as well as amassing 228 points during the Australia Kangaroos 1952 tour.
“History shows Noel was an integral part of a golden generation of Kangaroos representatives,” said ARL Commission Chairman John Grant.
“His point-scoring talents stand amongst the best in the game, as does his ability as both a fullback and winger.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Norma and his family at this time.”
sad to say it but we will be seeing a lot more names appearing here as the old champions pass on.
Reg Gasnier, one of the greatest players rugby league has ever produced, has died aged 74.
Reg hadn't been well for a long time . A truly great league immortal who had his career cut short early.
If i remember rightly Reg played a few seasons in Auckland.
Did he ... as a captain coach thing ?
Not sure. But i have seen match programs with him listed in them. This is when Auckland used to split into north, south, east and west and central for inter city rep fixtures.
The St George Illawarra Dragons and Gasnier Family would like to announce that there will be a special tribute and opportunity for the public to honour and celebrate the life of Rugby League Immortal Reg Gasnier at the Dragons next home game in Kogarah at Jubilee Oval on Saturday, July 5.
"As a family we are extremely grateful for all of the support and kind words that we had received from the rugby league community during this sad time," said Reg's son Peter Gasnier.
"As we prepare for Dad's funeral, we acknowledge that Dad has so many admirers and we wish to advise that there will be an opportunity for the public to celebrate his life and rugby league career at Kogarah in July, a place so special to him”.
The funeral for family and friends of Reg Gasnier will take place in southern Sydney, Thursday, May 15 after such time the Club and Family will work through and communicate the details for the public tribute in July.
RIP Reg Gasnier.
The south chapel at Woronora Crematorium was always going to be a ‘sellout’ to farewell the St George legend we all knew as Puff The Magic Dragon. The team inside this 100 seat chapel would have smashed any salary cap.
Raper, Smith, Langlands, Kelly, Provan, Sattler, Summons and Provan. Les Johns, Bobby McCarthy, Peter Dimond, Ron Coote and Alan Davidson.
Wherever you looked there was a rugby league legend, either crammed into the chapel or listening outside among the several hundred who couldn’t fit in.
All the current St George-Illawarra Dragons players came to pay their respects, even new signing Benji Marshall who arrived on his own and stood and watched beside Norm Provan.
It was a beautiful send-off for the man who was born on Mother’s Day and died on Mother’s Day just a day short of his 75th birthday.
Former Dragons grand final winning skipper Steve Edge spoke brilliantly to bring the service to a close.
“Reg was one of nature’s true gentleman who always represented himself, his family, the Dragons, his fans and the game of rugby league with distinction,” Edge said.
“You’ll be pleased to know Reg is presently dressed in his St George tracksuit and socks, departing us in red and white.
“Reg Gasnier … you really are a true Saint.”
Former Illawarra Steeler Greg Mackey has passed away.
Illawarra rugby league legend Bobby Millward was instrumental in luring Mackey to the Steelers in 1984. He remembers a tough utility playmaker who would always give 100 per cent. ‘‘A very tough player for his size, he gave a lot to the game and the game thought a lot of him,’’ Millward said.
As a mark of Mackey’s stature in the NRL community, Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds presented the club legend with his number seven jersey just hours before he passed away.
Mackey played 105 games for the Steelers over five seasons. He had previously spent three seasons at South Sydney, then went to Canterbury-Bankstown, Warrington and Hull before retiring in 1996.
Mackey passed away on Wednesday after a three-year battle with cancer.
The St George Illawarra Dragons would like to extend their thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of former National Youth Competition player Blaine Rozs, who passed away in a workplace incident on Monday.
The Berry-Shoalhaven Heads Magpies junior was a former graduate of the Illawarra Steelers SG Ball team who joined the Dragons NYC ranks ahead of last season.
Rozs, 19, returned to his junior club during the off-season to continue playing in the local South Coast Group 7 competition.
The Dragons will be providing assistance to members of both the 2014 and 2015 NYC squads in conjunction with the NRL during this difficult time.
“The Dragons are deeply saddened to be informed of the passing of Blaine and our deepest sympathies go out to both his family and friends,” said Dragons NYC Head Coach Ben Hornby.
“He was a promising young prop who had a passion for rugby league and was a highly regarded and respected player and teammate.
“Blaine will be sadly missed.”
Only a month ago, rising local league boy 17 yo Luke Tipene had his throat slashed with a beer bottle when a party spilled onto the streets and turned into a brawl, as it happens, less than block from my house.
Even more numbing, the police charged a 16 yo with the homicide.
League'ies everywhere will appreciate the enormity of your loss at this sad time and the locals will have a quite one tonight and hold you in our thoughts.
Alcohol ... its a problem everywhere ... along with drugs !
Dragons centre Dylan Farrell has joined a host of NRL players in sending his condolences to the family of former St George-Illawarra NYC player Blaine Rozs.
In a week in which the nation collectively mourned the loss of Phillip Hughes, rugby league was rocked by its own tragedy on Monday when the former Dragons under-20s prop was tragically killed in a work accident at Jaspers Brush.
Farrell, who grew up at Culburra and moved to the Dragons to be closer to his beloved South Coast, said he was left shocked by the loss.
"I'm from the Shoalhaven community like he is and he played with Berry with a few of my mates," Farrell said.
"I didn't know him personally but he knew a lot of my friends and knowing them and speaking to them, they were obviously very upset. I couldn't believe it myself.
"An ex-teammate of mine, Marcus Rogers, they own the Turfco company [that Rozs worked for] and I played with him at Gerringong and they're all obviously devastated.
"It's just one of those freak accidents. For it to happen to anyone is very sad but for it to happen to a young up and coming player ... it touches me that little bit more because he was in the same position I once was."
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