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Australian Rugby League Commission Chairman Peter V'landys AM today paid tribute to The Hon. John Fahey AC.

Mr Fahey was a leading advocate for sport, and in particular rugby league, during a long and distinguished life dedicated to public service.

"John was a true gentleman who will leave a lasting impact on our nation and in particular NSW,'' Mr V'landys said.

"Few were more passionate about rugby league and helping those involved in the game than John. He was the inaugural patron of the Men of League Foundation and worked tirelessly to see its creation. He played lower grades for Canterbury-Bankstown and held a number of administrative positions at a grassroots level. John had a genuine passion for growing junior rugby league.

"His passion for the Bulldogs was infectious as a player and as a patron of the club. As Premier of NSW the game was better for his commitment to growing our sport. The nation will never forget his excitement when Sydney was announced host of the 2000 Olympic Games, nor should rugby league forget how much the game has benefited from the infrastructure that was built because of the successful Olympic bid.

"On behalf of the entire rugby league community, I send our condolences to his wife Colleen, his children and grandchildren."

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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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