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Tributes have flowed for Ray Blacklock after the former first-grade winger died at the age of 65.

A noted speedster, he played 93 matches in the top grade from 1976-84, including Newtown's 1981 grand final loss to Parramatta.

The uncle of former international Nathan Blacklock, he made his debut at Penrith, spent two seasons at the Jets before finishing his career at Canberra in 1983-84.

Former teammate Phil Gould posted a tribute on Twitter to say Blacklock was a "great player, great bloke, great mate. We shared some fun".

Gould also revealed that it was a little-known fact that Blacklock played the second half of the '81 premiership decider with a broken arm. An extremely tough individual, he wrote.

Canberra issued a statement to acknowledge the death of "former player Ray Blacklock (Raider #36)".

Raiders patron John McIntyre said Blacklock was a much-valued member of the club during his stint late in his career.

Ray Blacklock during his time at the Raiders in 1983.
Ray Blacklock during his time at the Raiders in 1983. ©NRL Photos

"Ray was a tried and proven winger who was brought to the club to help bring experience and was a great player and valuable part of the team in our early years as a club," McIntyre said.

"We stayed in touch with Ray over the years and we’re very sad to hear of his passing. We pass our condolences onto his family at this tough time."

The Panthers also posted a tribute to Blacklock, expressing their condolences to his family and friends.

Newtown added their voice to the chorus of tributes to the acclaimed Indigenous winger.


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