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The NRL has acknowledged the recent passing of Kangaroo players Mark Harris and Brian James. 

Harris, a premiership winning centre for Eastern Suburbs in 1974, represented both Australia and New South Wales on 11 occasions.

He scored the match-winning try in the 1974 Grand Final against the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs to end a 29-year premiership drought for the Tricolours. He played a total of 190 games for the Roosters and 33 games for the North Sydney Bears.

He passed away yesterday following a long battle with cancer.

Brian James was a fleet-footed back who represented both St George and South Sydney during the 1960’s. 

He played twice for New South Wales and played his sole international for Australia against France in 1968. 

James passed away following a tragic accident on his farm, near Capertree last week.

“Brian and Mark achieved what very few players do in their careers by winning a premiership and representing their country,” NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said.

“They remained passionate supporters of the game that provided them so much joy and success over the years, attending many matches and reunions in retirement.

"On behalf of the rugby league community, I offer my sincerest condolences to the families and friends of two of the game’s very best."

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Acknowledgement of Country

National Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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