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Billy Smith

Year inducted: 2021

True Blue number: 573

Born: July 12, 1942, Fremantle, Western Australia

Club: St George Dragons

Position: Halfback

Premiership career: (1963-77) 234 games, 30 tries, 3 goals, 161 points

First Grade debut: St George Dragons v Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at the SCG on July 16, 1961

Representative honours: Australia 26 Tests (1964-70); NSW 17 interstate matches (1964-73)

Other honours: NSWRL Player of the Year 1967; Australia’s 100 Greatest Players 2008

Smith started his career as a centre before switching to halfback and his competitive spirit saw him win four consecutive premierships at the Dragons from 1963-66. He had an uncanny attacking ability alongside his fullback Graeme Langlands. Smith played for NSW in interstate matches from 1964-73, including captaining the team in 1967, and never tasted defeat in a series. He also played 29 Tests for Australia, twice winning the Harry Sunderland Medal.