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John Raper

Year inducted: 2017

True Blue number: 516

Born: April 12, 1939, Sydney, NSW

Clubs: Newtown Bluebags, St George Dragons

Position: Lock

Premiership career: (1957-69) 215 games, 57 tries, 4 goals, 179 points; (Newtown 1957-58, 35g, 10t, 30p; St George 1959-69, 180g, 47t, 4g, 149p)

First Grade debut: Newtown Bluebags vs Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at Henson Park, Marrickville on 6 April, 1957

Representative honours: Australia 39 Tests (1959-68); NSW 24 Interstate Matches (1959-70)

Other honours: Rugby League Immortal 1981, NRL Hall of Fame 2008, ARL Team of the Century 2008, NSW Team of the Century 2008, NSWRL Player of the Year 1961. 1965

Like many champions John Raper wasn’t the biggest, strongest or fastest player in his teams but he had a motor like no other and an innate football genius. Many still laud his performance in Australia’s triumph in the Second Test at Swinton on the 1963 Kangaroo tour as the greatest individual game ever played. But whether for Newtown, St George, NSW or Australia, Raper always gave his all.

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