Farewell Johnny Raper, the last of the original rugby league Immortals

An all-time great in every sense of those words.

8 Consecutive Premierships with that legendary St George team of the 1950s and ’60s, World Cup-winning captain of Australia, lock in the Australian rugby league Team of the Century, regarded as the greatest defensive player in the history of Australian rugby league, one of Rugby League Week’s four original Immortals in 1981, alongside Clive Churchill, Bob Fulton, and his Dragons teammate Reg Gasnier…..

And the punchline in a Darren Lockyer joke about the Canterbury Bulldogs, during the sex scandal of 2004:

Turns out it was just the one

However, while Chook won 8 consecutive premierships, many have said his finest performance was undoubtedly the time he played…


Ringer ding ding Jax, Ringer ding ding.

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