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Ron Saddler became the first Indigenous player to captain New South Wales in 1967.

The Sydney Roosters have been deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Ron Saddler.

Player number 529, Mr Saddler played 118 games with Eastern Suburbs between 1963-1971, represented New South Wales on six occasions, and toured with the Kangaroos in 1967-68.

A centre who was renowned for his tough defence, Mr Saddler became the first indigenous player to captain New South Wales in 1967.

Respected by teammates and opponents alike, Mr Saddler will always be remembered for his contribution to the Roosters and the game of rugby league.

The Sydney Roosters extend their heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of Mr Saddler at this sad time.

Ron Saddler

Born: March 14, 1942, Lake Cargelligo, NSW

Career Record: Eastern Suburbs 1963-1971, 118 matches. Represented Country Seconds 1962. City Seconds 1967-69, 3 matches. Sydney Colts, 1964. New South Wales Colts 1964. New South Wales 1967-68, 6 matches. Australia 1967-68, 12 Tour matches.

Source: David Middleton, League Information Services