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Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) Chairman Peter V’landys AM has today paid tribute to former Australian Kangaroos and Manly Warringah Sea Eagles player Fred Jones, who died aged 79.

Jones was the Sea Eagles’ first Premiership-winning captain. A moment’s silence will be held prior to today’s match between the Sea Eagles and South Sydney Rabbitohs at Lottoland.

“Fred played 241 games for the Sea Eagles and also represented Australia in the 1968 World Cup,” Mr V’landys said.

“He had wonderful success with the Sea Eagles, captaining the club to premierships in 1972 and 1973. He has and always will have a special place in history as Manly’s first Premiership captain.

“I had the great pleasure of meeting Fred a couple of years ago at a function and realised why he was so popular as he possessed a charismatic personality which made you feel good about the world. He was the player and person that made Rugby League special and unique.

“On behalf of the game, I offer my sincerest condolences to Fred’s family and friends, as well as the Sea Eagles.”