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According to the news scuttlebutt The Man in the Bowler hat isn't doing so well either
 
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St George Illawarra Dragons and the Langlands family have announced there will be a special tribute and opportunity for the public to honour and celebrate the life of rugby league immortal Graeme Langlands at the Dragons' opening home game of the season at Jubilee Oval on Thursday, March 8.

"As a rugby league Immortal, who played and coached at the club in a career that spanned 14 seasons, it is appropriate that we provide the opportunity for fans to honour and celebrate the rugby league career of Graeme Langlands at Kogarah," Dragons CEO Peter Doust said.

"He played 227 games, holds the club point scoring record (1554), and as history shows is one of the most gifted rugby league players ever to play the game."

Fans wishing to leave a message for the Langlands family in tribute to Changa can do so here

Langlands' daughter Monique also paid tribute to her father.

"We are devastated by the loss of dad," she said. "He fought to the very end after a very long illness, and it was a battle worthy of any champion.

"Dad was truly complete when playing the game that came so naturally to him and he loved rugby league with all his heart."

Dragons Chairman Brian Johnston also reflected on the player that was Graeme 'Changa' Langlands.

"Graeme Langlands will forever be remembered for iconic images of rugby league. He depicted in so many instances his magnificent sidestep that will forever be ingrained in the rugby league annals," Johnston said.

"He inspired not only young kids to play rugby league but also fans to follow the game because of his magnificent competitive nature. That was not only reflected in his attacking game but also his fearless defence - which a lot of people forget about.

"One of the highest compliments paid to any player is that he was admired by opposing teams, players and supporters. Even if people weren't Dragons supporters, they'd go to games to see the famous 'Changa' play.

"From a Dragons perspective, Graeme was a brand within a brand that was synonymous with St George. You look at Provan, Gasnier, Raper and Langlands and the first thing you think of is premierships and successful people."

Dragons coach Paul McGregor acknowledged Langlands standing at the club and in the game.

"Graeme was an outstanding player. He was capable of playing multiple positions - in fact he is probably the best player ever to be able to adapt to a position. Changa was tough as nails and had the best sidestep anyone has ever seen," Dragons coach Paul McGregor said.

"On a personal note, he was always around to have a chat to as well. I was fortunate enough to cross Changa's path many a time, when I was younger and as a coach. He'd always be there telling you how it is, he didn't mince his words which was always great, and he'll be very sadly missed."

Dragons skipper Gareth Widdop acknowledged the importance of Langlands' legacy to the current Dragons squad.

"As St George Illawarra Dragons players, we understand and respect the importance of Graeme Langlands to the club's history and the legacy he leaves behind," Dragons skipper Gareth Widdop said.

"To have our Round 1 game against the Brisbane Broncos in honour of Graeme will certainly be a special occasion for not only Dragons members and supporters but also the players and fans of rugby league in general."

The funeral for family and friends of Graeme Langlands will take place in southern Sydney on Monday, January 29 with fans encouraged to attend the public tribute at Jubilee Oval on Thursday, March 8. Further details of the tribute will be announced in the coming weeks following further discussions with the Langlands family and the NRL.
 

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IT’S being reported former Dragons and Sharks forward Lance Thompson has been found dead this morning in his Cronulla unit.

The cause of death is unknown but police have said the death his not suspicious.

The 40-year-old played over 200 first grade games, most for the Dragons, before retiring at the end of the 2008 NRL season.

Twitter was flooded with tributes to the man, who was a much-loved member of the rugby league community.

 

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IT’S being reported former Dragons and Sharks forward Lance Thompson has been found dead this morning in his Cronulla unit.

The cause of death is unknown but police have said the death his not suspicious.

The 40-year-old played over 200 first grade games, most for the Dragons, before retiring at the end of the 2008 NRL season.

Twitter was flooded with tributes to the man, who was a much-loved member of the rugby league community.

sad news :(
 
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Aged 69 Family and friends are invited to attend Lindsay's funeral service to be held in the Ann Wilson Chapel, cnr Barrenjoey Road and Darley Street Mona Vale on Wednesday 3rd July, 2019 at 12pm.

Too young. Represented NSW.
 

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The NSWRL is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former NSW selector Ted Curran. Curran carved a successful career in the Illawarra region as a rugged forward after coming to Thirroul from Temora in 1958. He played 120 first grade games with the Thirroul Butchers before retiring in 1966.

Curran also had a decorated representative career after playing for Country Seconds on the day he turned 18 in 1952. He also represented Riverina against the American All Stars and played for Southern Division against Great Britain in 1958 and New Zealand in 1959.

Curran continued to contribute to the game post-retirement after being appointed as a selector for the Country Rugby League and NSWRL.

“We’ve lost a great Rugby League person with the passing of Ted Curran,” NSWRL President Bob Millward said.

“He was a long-term Country selector and served on the NSW selection committee where he did his state proud. Ted was a great Rugby League man, both on and off the field, and never stopped giving to the game.

“The NSWRL would like to pass on our sincere condolences to his family and friends.”
 

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The St George Illawarra Dragons are deeply saddened by the passing of former St George Dragon outside back Brian James last Monday.

James played four seasons (1962-65) with the Red V, and passed away in a tragic accident on his farm, near Capertree. He was 76.

The Blakehurst-born James joined the Dragons as a 19-year-old after commencing his sporting career in rugby league. He debuted at Leichhardt Oval in 1962 against the Balmain Tigers.

James would play 16 games for the Dragons at first grade level, and featured in three-consecutive premiership-winning reserve grade teams (1962-64). He scored a hat-trick in the Dragons' 19-0 win over Wests in 1962 and scored the club's only try in their 7-2 win over the Rabbitohs two years later.

James joined South Sydney in 1966, where he played a further 79 first grade games.
James would go on to represent City Seconds, City Firsts, New South Wales and Australia before retiring in 1969.

Everyone at the Dragons sends their sincere condolences to Brian's wife Liz and their three sons, Dominic, Justin and Julian.