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The NSWRL has today paid tribute to legendary cricket identity and proud New South Welshman Richie Benaud, who passed recently after battling illness.

The former Australian all-rounder, the doyen of cricket commentators, played 63 Tests for Australia and featured heavily on television screens across the country and around the world as head of the Channel Nine commentary team.

NSWRL Chief Operations Officer Stuart Clark, also a former Test Cricketer, said Benaud would be sorely missed not just in this state but right across the world.

"Richie was not only a legendary leg-spinning all-rounder and a superb commentator but a true gentleman too," Clark said.

"His legacy on cricket and sport in general, especially in Australia, will last forever.

"Richie was the finest of men – kind, intelligent, witty and always up for a laugh.

β€œOn behalf of the NSWRL, our condolences go to his family, friends, and the entire cricketing and sporting community he touched.”

Rest in peace, Richie.