FORMER Australian Rugby league captain Johnny Raper has died aged 82 after affected by dementia.
He was one of many Immortals – named as one in all Australia’s biggest ever Rugby league gamers.
Raper performed for Australia on 39 events, 9 of which had been as captain as he led his nation to World Cup victory in 1968, although he additionally had a stellar membership profession.
The lock reached eight consecutive Grand Finals with St George Dragons between 1959-1966, profitable each one, serving to Raper to be named in Rugby league’s staff of the century.
He additionally twice gained NSWRL participant of the yr and performed alongside fellow Immortals at St George reminiscent of Reg Gasnier, Graeme Langlands and Norm Provan.
Raper was the oldest of the 4 dwelling Immortals left – the group is now down to only three with Andrew Johns, 47, Wally Lewis, 62, Mal Meninga, 61.
However Raper has left behind a permanent legacy and is fondly remembered by those that knew him.
St George chairman and former captain Craig Younger said of Raper: “We thought he was bulletproof.
He was a personality on and off the sphere – and one of many explanation why the membership turned the worldwide model that it has.”
And Jack Gibson, a former team-mate who died in 2008 stated: “[He was] small and never all that fast, however he had soccer intuition.
“There was an depth about him. No person educated like he did.”
ARLC chairman Peter V’landys additionally paid tribute to Raper, saying: “At the moment we’ve got misplaced one in all our all-time greats.
“An Immortal, a Kangaroos captain and an eight-time premiership-winning participant. Johnny was the most effective of the most effective.
“Johnny was a soccer genius. He had a intestine intuition for Rugby league like few we’ve got seen. He wasn’t the most important participant on the sphere, however he was the neatest. Johnny’s feats with the Dragons will stay a part of Rugby league legend eternally.
“On behalf of the sport, I ship my deepest condolences to Johnny’s household, associates and teammates.”
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