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Vale Mark Harris

Former Kangaroos and Roosters back Mark Harris has passed away from cancer at the age of 72.

A damaging centre or winger, Harris played almost 200 games for the Roosters between 1970 and 1979, which included scoring a try in the drought-breaking 1974 grand final win and backed it up with 14 tries in the club's dominant 1975 premiership season.

Harris also played two seasons with the North Sydney Bears at the end of his career.

In 1973, Harris made a then-controversial decision to snub a Kangaroos tour to trial for NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. He would eventually have to a stint with Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League.

Harris played 11 games for NSW and featured in the 1970, 72, 75 and 77 World Cups, forcing his way into green and gold after just one season with the Roosters.

All up Harris played 223 games in the NSWRL, scoring 93 tries and 20 goals.

His former club paid tribute to him.

"The Sydney Roosters have been deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former player Mark Harris," the club stated.

The club described him as a strong and fast centre who cut an imposing figure on the field during his decade in red, white and blue.

"The Sydney Roosters wish to extend their condolences to Mark's many family and friends at this sad time," the club stated.

Fellow rugby league legend Garry Jack, who debuted in 1981 – the final season of Harris's career – also paid tribute to the former Kangaroo.

"Very sad news," Jack said.

"Mark was one of the most powerful attacking centres in the game for Easts in the 70's. Condolences to his family and friends. Leaves the RL community with many great memories. RIP mate."

Harris' death comes the week after the passing of Brian James, another Test representative.

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

He played twice for NSW and played his sole international for Australia against France in 1968. 

He died following a tragic accident on his farm, near Capertree last week.

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