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The NRL has today paid tribute to Don Furner Snr, a former player, coach and administrator, who passed away yesterday following a long illness.

Furner Snr was Canberra Raiders’ inaugural coach, as well as a legendary administrator for the Club.

Furner Snr’s distinguished playing career saw him represent Queensland as well as the 1956-57 touring Kangaroos outfit. He also coached the Kangaroos between 1986 and 1988, and was Australian Chairman of Selectors.

“Don was one of those rare gifts to the game which allowed him to excel as a player, as a coach and a fine administrator,” NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said.

“Very few have been able to do that in Rugby League. 

“Don will be missed but he will always have a place in the game as one of the founding figures of the Raiders, along with other significant achievements.

“On behalf of the game I offer my sincerest condolences to Don’s family and friends, particularly his sons David and Don who have also made significant contributions to the sport.”

For Don Furner Snr’s official record, please click here.