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The Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) has paid tribute to Immortal John Raper, who died today aged 82.

Raper represented the Kangaroos in 39 Tests, including as Captain of the 1968 World Cup winning side, won 8 Premierships with the St George Dragons and twice won NSWRL player of the year.

ARLC Chairman Peter V’landys AM said Raper was one of the greatest players in the game’s history.

“Today we have lost one of our all time greats. An Immortal, a Kangaroos captain and an eight-time Premiership winning player. Johnny was the best of the best,’’ Mr V’landys said.

“Johnny was a football genius. He had a gut instinct for rugby league like few we have seen. He wasn’t the biggest player on the field, but he was the smartest. Johnny’s feats with the Dragons will remain part of rugby league legend forever.

“On behalf of the game, I send my deepest condolences to Johnny’s family, friends and teammates.”

Acknowledgement of Country

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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