Rugby league immortal Graeme Langlands at the 2012 NRL grand final.

Vale, Graeme Langlands

The NRL today paid tribute to Rugby League immortal, Graeme Langlands who passed away overnight.

CEO Todd Greenberg said Langlands was one of the finest players to take the field and, on behalf of the Rugby League community, he passed on his condolences to his family and friends.

"There are only eight immortals and Graeme is one of them... that says it all," Mr Greenberg said.

"He was such a dominant player in his era...so many fans would remember growing up watching "Changa" at his best.

"It is a sad loss for the Rugby League community and especially for those closest to him."

Mr Greenberg said Langlands had done everything in the game, playing 45 times for Australia – and captaining the national team 15 times.

He also played in 227 games for the St George Dragons – including four Grand Final winning sides.

Mr Greenberg said Langlands had been inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame.

He was also named among Australia's 100 Greatest Rugby League players.

"Although Graeme suffered ill health in recent years, he was always a key part of the Rugby League community and will be missed," Mr Greenberg said.